As an acupuncturist and herbalist, Liz Snow is dedicated to helping others bring balance into their lives. But when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, it felt like her life had been turned upside down.
"It was emotionally very traumatic," says Snow. "Doctors said I was lucky it was caught early, but I didn't feel lucky."
After her lumpectomy, she began receiving weekly acupuncture treatments, which helped both physically and emotionally. And the support of her family, friends and co-workers was phenomenal, she adds. But finding a support group at Adelphi University was a turning point.
"No one who hasn't been through it knows what it's like," she says. "We could laugh, cry and share however we felt. It made me feel not so crazy."
Cancer free for nine years, Snow says the experience has made her a better healthcare practitioner.
"No matter what happens in life, it's important to see the gift in it."