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Pat Arnce with Pink Door Boutique Certied Fitter Crystal Vice

After scheduling her yearly mammogram in September 2012, Pat Arnce had no reason to feel anxious. With no family history of breast cancer and no other health concerns, Pat felt sure she would receive a good report. It shook her to the core when she learned a few days later she had breast cancer. Further tests revealed a grim prognosis—stage IV cancer that had spread to her liver and bones. "Hearing stage IV cancer seemed like a death sentence. I thought my life was over. I didn't understand how breast cancer could spread like that. I felt hopeless," Pat remarked.

Pat underwent a bilateral mastectomy to remove both breasts. Soon after, she began an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy under the direction of Freeman Cancer Institute Oncologist Dr. Matthew Miller. Though she knew surgery and treatment would change her body, she wasn't fully prepared for her reaction the first time she looked at herself in the mirror. Losing her breasts and her hair—the two things that most made her feel feminine—felt overwhelming. She longed to feel pretty again.

When Pat visited Pink Door Boutique to purchase a wig and get fitted for prostheses, she didn't know what to expect. Walking into the boutique, she felt nervous. Reflecting on that day, Pat said, "But, then I met Crystal and very quickly, I began to feel at ease. She didn't just help me with my purchase—she offered comfort, encouragement, and hope. We laughed and cried together. It was a healing moment for me. She even helped me pick out a wig that met with my husband’s approval!"

A few weeks ago, Pat received miraculous news. Her latest CAT scan showed no sign of cancer. "This has been an extraordinary journey," she exclaimed. "Without my faith, the support of my family and friends, and the doctors and nurses who cared for me, I wouldn't be here today. I’m nothing short of a miracle."