Jan Kostner

Every person who has heard the words, “you have cancer,” is shocked and frightened, terrified that their life has now been upended and perhaps cut short. I heard those words in January of 2014, when I was diagnosed with Stage 3C Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. Thankfully, I have a loving, supportive husband and two daughters, Julie and Katie, who jumped into high gear, looking ahead and doing research on the best place for treatment. We settled on a surgeon, and I had a radical mastectomy on February 26 of 2014. After my surgery, I met with oncology and radiology specialists. Although I felt comfortable doing my daily radiation near home, I didn’t feel a connection with the doctor I met with to discuss chemotherapy.

Julie had heard about The Block Center, and learned that they do a comprehensive blood terrain panel, which would give detailed information on my overall health going into chemo. Even though The Block Center is an hour and a half drive from our home, she felt that the information provided by the blood work would be essential.

That April, Julie and I went to The Block Center for my lab work. The minute I entered the door I felt at home. It was a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and as I toured the facility I realized it was where I needed to be. We met with Dr. Block— who shared his philosophy and full plan for my effective outcome—as well as one of the Block Center oncologists who, working collaboratively with the integrative team, would focus closely on my chemo protocol, and several other key staff members. As we left, Julie asked me what I thought about The Block Center. She was shocked when I told her, “This is where I am coming for my chemo!”

Moving through my four months of treatment, that feeling—that this was where I needed to be—stayed with me. I felt confidence in my treatment plan, in the special care given to me — from my exceptional nurse to the sincere concern from the other expert and dedicated staff with whom I interacted. And, importantly, I felt a peace about dealing with my cancer that I didn’t feel anywhere else. I have only good things to say about my experience back then, and about all of my follow-up visits since. I would strongly recommend to all that you arrange a consultation at The Block Center if you are dealing with cancer and see if this integrative, caring approach to health and healing is right for you.

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