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Living with a Grateful Vibration

“Happier and Healthier” Despite Multiple Losses
Life doesn’t stop when you’re diagnosed with cancer. You can still enjoy the good things, but you aren’t spared from the bad.

While undergoing treatment, Eileen lost her dog, lost her home to natural disaster, and grieved the deaths of her father and her brother. But she’s still here, still alive and embracing life. “Even with all this, I am happier and healthier than I’ve ever been … so are my husband and daughters.”

So what would she say to the newly diagnosed? “My treatment took a total of nine months, the same as a pregnancy. I now celebrate my re-birthday.”

“This has truly impacted everyone around me. Even my employer, Columbia University Medical Center (and where I was treated) is having me meet with the hospital leaders to make huge changes in the way patients are treated. Believe it or not, cancer has truly made my life better.”

She’s making a difference, helping others and helping herself in the process. She not only lives with a grateful vibration, but generously spreads it around. Now that’s how you turn a negative into a positive!

Eileen is now a Wellness, Lifestyle, and Integrative Cancer Coach who works mostly with women from underserved populations. She like to focus on patient empowerment and integrative approaches, which she believes saved her life. She is a wellness contributor for, and you can view a three-minute video on her thoughts about breast cancer at

Eileen extends her heartfelt appreciation to Smith Farm for the Healing and the Arts, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute, Unity Church of Christ, and The Society of Integrative Oncology for their support and compassion.

Living with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Series
#1 The Lump in my Breast: Meeting the Enemy
#2 Most Breast Lumps are Non-Cancerous: Would mine be?
#3 The Mammogram, the Ultrasound, and ‘the Look’
#4 The Biopsy and Breast Cancer Confirmation
#5 A New Twist: It’s Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
#6 Before the Mastectomy: Planning for the Future
#7 Mastectomy Day: What it’s like to lose a breast
#8 After the Mastectomy: Unveiling and Staging
#9 10 Odd Things to Say to Someone with Breast Cancer
#10 Cancer Battle Plan Phase 2: Chemotherapy
#11 5 Things I Love About my Very Expensive Health Insurance
#12 10 Simple Gestures of Kindness with Healing Power
#13 Half a Year on Chemotherapy and Taking Nothing for Granted
#14 Breast Cancer Treatment: Weighing Reward and Risk
#15 The Radiation Decision, The Long Road, The Badge of Honor
#16 The Healing Power of Nurses
#17 Grieving Son Recounts Mom’s Battle with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
#18 Searching for “Normal” After Cancer
#19 “Did You Beat Cancer?” they want to know
#20 5 Things About Breast Cancer You Should Take to Heart

Access all posts in the Living with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Series

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of “No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis.” She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a regular contributor to Care2 Healthy & Green Living and Care2 Causes. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

Main image copyright: / Head shot courtesy of Eileen Z. Fuentes

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2:43AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

So much is in the attitude we have, no matter our situation. Eileen and Ann, thank you for inspiring others, thank you for sharing your journeys.

9:51PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011


2:36PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011


1:48PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Thank you all for your beautiful comments. What a testament to how my life circumstances brought me to a place of love and purpose.

Be blessed always,
Eileen Z. Fuentes
Twitter: @theSPEACHgal

12:59PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Best of luck to Eileen and all facing problems!

6:02AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011


5:01AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

thank you for the inspiring article and thank you to Eileen for sharing her difficult journey to recovering with us. best wishes.

11:57PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Thanks Ann, your stories are still must reads for me.
Take care and be blessed, thank you.

5:10PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

The courage and determination of Eileen Fuentes is inspiring! I hope she has a very long and cancer-free life!

12:35PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Great article, very inspirational person

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