I graduated in 1999 from St Jude college in Manila with a Bachelors in Physical Therapy. I moved to California to be near friends and family. I was immediately immersed in the busy clinic life working with orthopedic patients. I also did acute care on the weekends.
You know how they say everything happens for a reason, well this is what happened next.
I discovered a lump in my breast when I was just 25 yrs old. I was terrified! So I started searching online for anything and everything about breast cancer. I saw multiple articles talking about how physical therapists can help patients with breast cancer with post radiation, chemotherapy problems likes pain and lymphedema. Thankfully the bump in my breast was just a fibrotic cyst.
I remained curious about physical therapy and breast cancer so when I was due to take my continuing education courses needed for licensure, I decided to take a Norton lymphedema certification course. That’s when my passion for cancer rehab started. I became determined to help this delicate patient population. I sought advanced clinical training at the Foeldi clinic in Hintenrzarten Germany. The Foeldi clinic is the leader in lymphedema treatment with an inpatient hospital stay for 4 weeks with intensive all inclusive treatments with an interdisciplinary team compromised of in-house oncologist, radiologist, orthopedist, acupuncturist, dietitian, yoga instructors, pharmacist and physical therapist.