Eisel won't shed any tears
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:20
No one wants to hear they have been diagnosed with any form of cancer. Even so, how people handle the diagnosis varies widely.
|Jayne Eisel poses in her office at Zeres in Bowling Green. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jayne Eisel has approached her breast cancer with an upbeat, fight it with a "smile-on-her-face" approach.
In March, a month before her 40th birthday, Eisel found a lump. She immediately scheduled a medical appointment and had a biopsy within two weeks.
The diagnosis confirmed her worst fear, not just cancer, but an aggressive type of cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma.
"It's one of the common ones," she said. "But it had not spread to my lymph nodes."
She and the doctors agreed on their plan to fight and she has had a lumpectomy and recently finished her chemotherapy. She is scheduled to have her ovaries removed later this year as she says she is at a higher risk for ovarian cancer.
She says her initial reaction was, "That's not going to get me down."
When the Sentinel-Tribune visited, she made no attempt to cover her loss of hair due to the chemo, and her broad smile defied her diagnosis.
The Bowling Green resident works at Zeres, an ink manufacturing facility, where she serves with its V-team administrative services.
Because Eisel found the lump early on, that works to her benefit and she says both she and her doctors are optimistic about her complete recovery.
"I haven't really cried (about the cancer) except when I see nice things people say about me," she added. "What's to cry about?"
Sheryl Majoras, who works with Eisel at Zeres in Bowling Green, confirmed Eisel's bullish approach.
"She's very, very positive with handling this disease. She's amazing," Majoras said. "She may feel tired for an hour or two, but she keeps on trucking."
Majoras says it brings tears to her eyes when she sees the fortitude shown by Eisel.
"She puts on her boots and keeps on walking," she added of her friend and co-worker.
Her battle is not over. Radiation treatment is set to follow, with treatments five days a week for six to seven weeks.
The genetic test shows she is at a higher risk for more cancers. By having her ovaries removed, she said that reduces her risk from 20 to 10 percent.
Naturally her husband Eric was initially very concerned. She says he has calmed down after talking with the doctors.
"He's been very supportive," she said.
Because they have two daughters, Chelsea, 13, and Lindsay, 8, Eisel says she wants to wait until they are older before she considers a double mastectomy.
"I've been optimistic and I try not to let it get to me," she added.
Interestingly, she said two years ago she participated in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure with Team Dayton Freight. This year, that team is honoring her as Team Jayne.
"That makes me feel good," she said fighting back tears and reiterating, "I don't cry for myself."
However, the support she is receiving from family and friends does touch her deeply.