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Chantal Rice: Writing Her Own Cancer Story

November 04, 2019

As managing editor of Austin Woman magazine, Chantal Rice’s work focuses on inspiring Austin women to achieve their professional and personal goals.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Chantal was determined to write her own cancer story. She discussed her treatment options with Bridget O’Brien, D.O., a breast surgical oncologist at Texas Breast Specialists–Georgetown, and Mika Cline, M.D., a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, which helped her feel empowered to make decisions about her health.

Ultimately, she decided to have a mastectomy on her left breast. 

“Everyone was so wonderful and I didn’t feel uncomfortable or weird asking questions. I truly believe Dr. O’Brien saved my life,” said Chantal.

For Dr. O’Brien, the respect is mutual.

“Chantal is such a wonderful, positive woman and such an inspiration to others. I was moved by the way she embraced the data surrounding breast cancer, her specific diagnosis, and her treatment options.”

Dr. Cline commends Chantal for prioritizing her health.

“It is a privilege for me to be a partner in Chantal's care, I was so glad to hear that she wasn't complacent when she found a lump in her breast despite past testing that didn't reveal breast cancer at the time,” said Dr. Cline. 

Chantal’s message to those facing a diagnosis is simple and straight from the heart: “Breast cancer can be beat, especially if caught early. Don’t be afraid to ask for support—and don’t ever lose hope.”

View Chantal’s story from her perspective below.

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