I'm triathlon coach, Brandi Shipman. Welcome to my website.
It is a display of my life in a nutshell. The individual sections are a snapshot of what is going on in my racing world, my coaching services, and my battle with cancer.
As a San Antonio triathlon coach, I believe there are no limits to what you can do. I will work with you providing professional advice and guidance at all times to help you reach your personal goals.
Cancer is the six-letter word that can stop someone in their tracks. As a cancer survivor, I'm here to support, encourage, and help you navigate your way through it.
"Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen"
My Story as a Breast Cancer Destroyer
My cancer story is one of uniqueness. Leave it to me to do something like cancer to its fullest. It did not begin with a Mammography diagnosis or a lump. My journey began about 4 years ago with some suspicious activity that turned into Paget’s disease – Paget's disease of the nipple is an uncommon type of cancer that forms in or around the nipple. Paget's disease of the nipple is almost always associated with underlying breast cancer. Scientists do not know what causes Paget's disease of the nipple, but two major theories have been suggested for how it develops. Symptoms of early-stage disease may include redness or crusting of the nipple skin's symptoms of more advanced disease often include tingling, itching, increased sensitivity, burning, or pain in the nipple – of the nipple signaled underlying cancer. On April 1st, I discovered my breast cancer through a biopsy that returned positive for Paget’s disease. The onslaught of tests, learning, and decisions was dizzying. I immediately went for an evaluation of the suspicious tissue and had to begin making decisions for my mastectomy. I quickly learned there is a test called the BRAC Analysis – a blood test that can let you know your risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Knowing your risk can help you Be Ready Against Cancer–so you can take steps to reduce your risk – which is a genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer. Finally, a piece of good news for me, I did not have the gene.
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