Meeting the Irrepressible Diane
Diane Becker Krasnick has been married to her best friend Marc for 37 years. They have two lovely daughters, Jessica and Meredith. Diane and Marc currently live in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Diane is a Cantorial Soloist and licensed wedding officiant.
Diane's Breast Cancer Diagnosis
- Age at Diagnosis: 49
- Breast Cancer Type: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC), HER2 Positive
- Lymph Node Status: 20 positive nodes
- Tumor Description: 5cm high grade, stage 3B
- Treatments: Double mastectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, right side latissimus dorsi reconstruction, left side saline implant
- Time in Remission: 8 years since diagnosis
Q: Did you grow up singing? Your bio is full of tales of singing for occasions.
Q: Talk to me a little about your diagnosis and treatments.
Q: You seem very upbeat and even joyous. So what's your secret to recovery?A: Looking back, I would say many elements played a part in my road to recovery--my loving husband, Marc, my family, hundreds of friends, but also my strong spirituality and belief in God which enabled me to become a survivor, which regrettably, for many with this advanced disease, is not usually the outcome. I insisted that Jewish spiritual and healing music be played while I was in surgery. Whenever I was down, I would chant my favorite and most meaningful prayers, which enabled me to not only continue on, but also actually gain more strength than ever before.
Q: Your husband is a cancer survivor. How did he cope and support you?
Q: Do you recommend an email support network?A: Yes I do. After hearing about this 'cyber support group' concept others have started to use this approach during their life's challenges that not only helps them, but also helps their family and friends stay informed and bonded with those who need their love and prayers more than ever.
Q: How do you offer support to others these days?A: I believe that every day is a gift and I try to give back to others constantly. I enjoy telling my story, which includes not only the importance of faith and prayer, but also important information on the BRCA mutation, a genetic disorder most common among Jewish women of Ashkenazic ancestry. I've written a chapter for the new book edited by Rabbi Doug Kohn and published by URJ Press “Life, Faith, and Cancer…..”. in which I tell about a very special and unique ceremony I had at the conclusion of my chemo treatments.
Q: What do you think are the best healing instruments?
Thanks Diane and Marc, for the wonderful mitzvah of sharing your story and encouragement with others. Telling about your experience helps educate others and may inspire women to stay on track with annual mammograms, clinical exams, and positive attitudes.