- Eileen has a fierce passion for easing others suffering as they face cancer. She not only has a mastery of integrative care and what that entails, but she has the drive to see it through. It is clear to me that Eileen approaches her work from both her head and her heart. She is generous and genuine, has a brilliant mind and an intense desire to make the most from life.Author and Director of Smith Center’s Integrative Navigation Programs
- Eileen is the BEST example ever of taking the lemons life gives you and turning them into Pink lemonade (I know she hates pink, but it is appropriate!). She turned her life around after a horrific ordeal and has bettered her life and those of the women in a community that is severely underserved. She is my hero, my role model and most importantly my friend.Writer, Actress and Breast Cancer Survivor
Living with a Grateful Vibration | Care2
She went from triple-negative breast cancer patient to cancer patient advocate, and she’s appreciating every single moment.
Like many women, Eileen Z. Fuentes never heard of triple-negative breast cancer until she was diagnosed with it herself. And, like many of us, she discovered the lump in her breast with a casual touch.
Even though there was no family history of cancer, the mother of three girls was greatly relieved when genetic testing determined there was no genetic link.
Only 34 years old at diagnosis, her nine months of aggressive medical treatment included a lumpectomy, after which she opted to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. That was followed by four and a half months of chemotherapy.
Putting a Personal Touch on Cancer Care | Manhattan Times
They learned about makeup, practiced yoga, danced, learned healthy cooking, and most importantly found new friends and a support system.
The women in the “Wellness Series” joined forces with the leadership of Eileen Fuentes, a Washington Heights native and cancer survivor, who started the program in an effort to bring a personal approach to healing to women wrestling with cancer.
They meet once a week for six months to share lessons in holistic living and methods to incorporate into their lifestyles that could lead to healing.
2011 National Cancer Survivors Day ft Eileen Z. Fuentes | NY1 News
Strategies for Optimum Wellness | WHCR 90.3FM
Dr. Robert J. Woodbine, Naturopathic Physician and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, invited Eileen Z. Fuentes to his radio show, Strategies for Optimum Wellness on WHCR 90.3FM. You can listen to the interview below:
Upper Manhattan Hospital Celebrates Cancer Survivors | DNAinfo
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Uptown is taking a holistic approach to health this weekend as New York Presbyterian Hospital presents its National Cancer Survivors Day event on Sunday.
You can even experience the Japanese relaxation technique called Reiki or take it all in for a moment with some guided meditation.
Organizers decided to create a “wellness” theme for the event to celebrate and help educate the many cancer survivors and families who have been helped by the hospital over the years.
Eileen Fuentes, 37, a Washington Heights native and breast cancer survivor who works at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, will be attending the event.
A wellness expert and writer, Fuentes will be speaking alongside one of her favorite physicians, Dr. Sharyn Lewin, who truly “embraces integrative therapies,” which she said is “uncommon among healthcare practitioners.”
Women’s Wellness Series | ColumbiaSurgery
Making a difference in the lives of women with breast cancer.
It’s one thing to know that we ought to eat a healthy diet and exercise. It’s another to change our lifestyle and put that knowledge into daily practice. And it’s yet another entirely to inspire others to do the same in their lives. But Eileen Z. Fuentes has managed to accomplish all of the above through the Women’s Wellness Series, an inspiring and unique program aimed at helping women with breast cancer to become as healthy as they can possibly be.
Read more: Womens Wellness Series | Columbia Surgery
Survivor Stories: Eileen Z. Fuentes | Good Enough Mother
How did you first find out you had cancer?
I was sleeping and had an itch on my breast and when I went to scratch, felt a lump. Even though I had stopped nursing just a couple of months prior, intuitively I felt that something was terribly wrong. Since I work in a hospital, I was able to schedule a mammogram fairly quickly from the period where I casually ran into it.How did you react when you heard the news?
My knees gave out on me and I started to shake and cry uncontrollably. I was young (34) and had no family history. In addition, my three daughters were so young (ages 2, 4, and 9) and I thought I wasn’t going to be around to see them grow up. To make matters worse, I was diagnosed with triple negative disease, which is the most aggressive and has the poorest prognosis.What course of treatment were you prescribed?
I had a lumpectomy and as a result of continuous screening, I elected to go back and have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I also underwent chemotherapy and took part in the Avastin clinical trial. This combination of drugs caused a blood clot in my heart, which became
The SPEACH with Eileen Fuentes | The Healthy Beauty Project
I get a lot of invites to join pages on Facebook. And honestly, most times I simply hit delete as I have to be serious about my time management. There are only so many hours in the day and only so much Facebook browsing I allow myself. So when I received an invite this morning from an online friend, Eileen Fuentes, I was torn between deleting the message and taking an extra five minutes to see what this page, The SPEACH, was about.
Curiosity got the better of me. I clicked over to her Eileen’s page and saw a link to a blog post on how she knew she was going to meet Oprah. And there was a photo of Eileen, smiling joyously, with Oprah embracing her like they were old friends. I wanted to read how Eileen got the coveted shot with the queen of media. I visited her website.
As I read Eileen’s account of positive thinking and visualization leading up to the iconic moment, I was surprisingly touched.
Wondrous Woman Blog | Shamsiden Coaching
Eileen Z. Fuentes is a married mother of 3 girls and has been a healthcare administration professional for more than 15 years. In 2008, at just 34 years old, she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and underwent aggressive treatment, which led to many unpleasant complications including a life threatening blood clot in her heart.
While she came across skilled and compassionate healthcare workers, she was awakened to how deficient the medical establishment’s treatment model is to treat the “whole” person but realized that she could overcome these challenges by augmenting the traditional treatment with complementary approaches, food and lifestyle modifications. After successfully completing her treatment, she hit the ground running and took the appropriate action to turn her newfound passion into something more.