As I prep this morning to go to Memorial Sloan Kettering to remove my ovaries and fallopian tubes as a precautionary measure against my hormone-positive breast cancer (hopefully) — I know that I could not and would not have been here without them.

From my first visit to Sloan on December, 5, 2016 to my radical mastectomy and lymph node removal took 11 days. A local hospital had told me they would operate in a few months. I have felt beyond safe loved for and cared about at Sloan — every visit, every procedure, every follow-up (and as a clinical trial patient, I have a lot of those).

I will update this post after my procedure but to the amazing team at Memorial Sloan Kettering, I am so thankful for each and every one of you.