Surviving breast cancer and helping others
MILWAUKEE- She's a pretty, vibrant 42 year old with a warm personality. And looking at her, it's hard to believe that she's recovering from a potentially deadly disease.
After a biopsy, the news was not good for Fox Point resident Regina Flippin. Not only did she have breast cancer, she had one of the most aggressive types, triple negative breast cancer. So after five months of chemotherapy Flippin took a drastic step.
She revealed to TODAY'S TMJ4, "I'm choosing to have a bi-lateral mastectomy because that type of breast cancer is very aggressive and has a high recurrence rate."
African American women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and are more likely to die of the disease. So Flippin, who is also a Podiatrist is on a mission to educate others.
She notes, "Milwaukee has one of the highest rates of health disparities and with triple negative breast cancer there is no difference. We just want to educate the communities about triple negative breast cancer."
And as a physician, Flippin admits, knowing too much can sometimes be scary. "It can be beneficial because you know what questions to ask. Sometimes you have a better grasp on your options, but it is more frightening I think." Flippin laughs.
Dr. Flippin has formed a fund to help other women. It's called Flippin to a Cure. She's working with the Leroy Butler Foundation to sponsor a ball to raise money for cancer patients. Flippin explains, "I also want to support breast cancer survivors financially and emotionally so they can focus on healing rather than the financial aspects of the disease."
Thankfully Dr. Flippin's cancer was in stage 2A which means her prognosis is good. "Overall being cancer free I feel fantastic."
And as Regina Flippin faces the disease with courage and optimism, she is an inspiration to anyone facing a serious health challenge. Flippin adds, "I'm a very positive person. The diagnosis of cancer does not have to be a death sentence. If I can reach one person then I feel my life is fulfilled. That happens every single day."
For more information about getting tickets to the "Flippin to a Cure" ball, you can call, 262-512-9305.