SANTA MONICA, CA – American Cancer Society data indicate that the death rates from breast cancer fell 40% between 1989 and 2016, a decline that’s partly attributed to early detection. The trend is encouraging, but it’s not necessarily comforting for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

For media professionals Katie Kulik and Denise Colella, the effect was profound personally and professionally. At the Beet Retreat Santa Monica, where attendees graciously donated funds to nonprofit group, Kulik and Colella discussed on camera about how their lives changed, and how they found inner strength to survive.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 and like so many people – it’s a very common story – I don’t carry the gene. it doesn’t run in my family, and I found out from a routine mammogram,” Kulik said about the shock of her initial diagnosis. “Your life truly changes in so many ways in a day.”

In addition to her personal responsibilities to running a household and her busy professional life, Kulik was suddenly saddled with a duty to battle an illness.

“You can talk to other people who have gone through it, but you really need to navigate it yourself,” she said, adding that a key resource was “They have collected all of the expert information that you need in order to figure out what the heck is happening and how to best take care of yourself and move forward.”

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