Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607


Last spring I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a gut punch.  I felt fine, no lumps, no indication that I had anything wrong.  The digital mammogram may have saved my life. One year ago today I had my double-mastectomy surgery.  I was very lucky that I did not have to undergo chemo or radiation therapy.  Many others who are diagnosed require many months of treatment before they undergo surgery.  The photo above was the day I returned home from the hospital; Amigo was very happy to have me home. ❤️

I am extremely grateful to my surgeons who performed my surgeries.  My oncologist, anesthesiologist, and radiologist, the nurses and hospital staff who saw me through my surgeries.  I was fortunate to have 2 of of my friends (golfer girls) volunteer to come stay with me for the first 4 weeks following surgery.  They helped around the house, drove me to appointments, and kept things rolling around here.  I also finally took the initiative to hire an assistant last summer- she was indispensable and made it possible to sell some homes while I was laid up.  


I am grateful for my husband, who had such positive attitude, kept me believing in my full recovery, and loves me unconditionally.  He is my rock. 


I made the decision to share my diagnosis and journey with friends, family, and shared it on social media.  The outpouring of love, encouragement, and support from others was so incredible.  I drew the image above to express how much that support lifted me. 

Most of all I am grateful to be cancer free now.  I still need check ups- but because I caught the cancer early,  I am now back to my life, golf, work, and living a very grateful life.  ❤️



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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Kathy... I love your artwork (as always). A cancer diagnosis is always earth-shattering. You went through quite a journey and came out the other end stronger than ever. I'm also happy you are cancer free.

Nov 09, 2023 01:01 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you so  much Nina Hollander, Broker - take care!  Kathy

Nov 09, 2023 01:25 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Congratulations on your victory over cancer, Kathy! Your journey is a powerful reminder of the strength within you. It's true that the challenges we face can transform our outlook, giving us a new perspective on some of life's trivial annoyances. Continue to embrace each day with joy and resilience. Keep smiling and stepping forward with renewed vigor.

Nov 09, 2023 01:12 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you so much Carol Williams ... have a wonderful weekend!  Kathy

Nov 09, 2023 01:26 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Kathy Schowe Congratulations and glad to know you are cancer free. Have a great week!

Nov 09, 2023 03:21 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you John Pusa !  Have a great weekend!  Kathy

Nov 10, 2023 08:15 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Schowe  , You are a courageous woman who is fortunate enough to have amazing people to support you during this challenging phase of your life. You are a resilient person who brings joy and optimism to many!

Nov 09, 2023 03:21 PM
Kathy Schowe

Hannah Williams -- I appreciate that!  Hope you have a great weekend!  Kathy

Nov 10, 2023 08:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Kathy- Congratulations to you and to your "support angels."  The smile on your face says it all.  Thank you for sharing your cancer journey with others. It's important others who cancer know that they are not alone. One word came to me as I read your post..JOYOUS!!!

Nov 09, 2023 04:37 PM
Kathy Schowe

When I played my first round of golf in over a year and a half on Wed.  Now that was true joy!!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend Kathy Streib !  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:17 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

WTG !!! I have several friends that are battling Cancer . Always great to hear results like yours .

Nov 09, 2023 04:44 PM
Kathy Schowe

Michael J. Perry -- Too many people are getting this disease... but we are fighters!  Sending prayers for your friends.  Have a great weekend.  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

What a gift that you caught it early Kathy Schowe . God id good. I always love your art work..this has such beauty and dept. Thank you for sharing!

Nov 09, 2023 07:37 PM
Kathy Schowe

Dorie Dillard Austin TX -- Thank you for your kind words- I love hearing from you!  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Beating the Big "C" is something to be especially grateful for, Kathy.  I love the picture of the cat being your pillow.

Nov 09, 2023 08:02 PM
Kathy Schowe

Myrl Jeffcoat -- My Amigo is always by my side- and somehow knows when I need him!  I am blessed!  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 09, 2023 08:15 PM
Kathy Schowe

Myrl Jeffcoat -- THANK YOU!  I AM HONORED!!  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Schowe  what a powerful post in Debe Maxwell, CRS  gratefulness challenge and you and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  can be super grateful for beating the dreaded C....Endre

Nov 09, 2023 10:22 PM
Kathy Schowe

THANK YOU Endre Barath, Jr. - hope you have a wonderful weekend!  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:20 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, Kathy, I had no idea! Congratulations on kicking cancer's butt! I'm so happy to hear you are back to life, work & golf - how blessed are you?! I love that your hubby and your golfing buddies were such support, as was the entire medical team. You have so very much to be thankful for and I love that you are living a life of gratitude. And, SUCH a sweet picture of you and your precious Amigo. I'm sure he helped with your recovery too! ❤️

My BFF from HS who lives in Lake Havasu found out last year she had breast cancer - two different types at the same time (one in each breast). She also had a double mastectomy and was like you, blessed not to have to have chemo or radiation. She recently had her 1-year check up and remains cancer-free. 

Thank you for the tag, Endre Barath, Jr.

Nov 09, 2023 10:31 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

And, thank you, Kathy Schowe for participating in this month's challenge!

I also forgot to mention, I love your artwork - especially the 'Courage' one - that's a powerful word when you're going through what you went through.

Nov 09, 2023 10:32 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS -- and big THANK YOU for this challenge.  A grateful heart is the happiest.  I try to start my day counting my blessings.  Have a great weekend.  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:22 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Kathy Schowe 

Praise the Lord you are cancer-free. God heals in many ways and one of those ways is through doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers AND your loyal girlfriends.

Nov 10, 2023 04:46 AM
Kathy Schowe

Doug Dawes - Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Schowe - I am as sorry you had to go through cancer as I am thankful you were able to beat it. That is a lovely picture of you and your kitty wrapped up at the head of your pillow. This morning before logging on, I read dogs and some cats can smell the toxins and chemicals in our bodies when there is cancer before we may be diagnosed. Pets are amazing! They know how to love and care for us more than most people realize!

Kathy, your art is as deeply meaningful and beautiful as you are. Painting and drawing is great therapy too! I wish you all of life's blessings for a cancer free life, good health, and the constant love of spouse, family, and friends. 


Nov 10, 2023 05:00 AM
Kathy Schowe

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - What wonderful words... you made my day with your kind comment.  I am also blessed with all of my AR friends who love and support me!  And yes- my kitties took special good care of me when I was recovering.  Amigo slept with me in my recliner for the first weeks before I could move to the bed!  Such lovely creatures! 

Nov 10, 2023 08:24 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It makes me so happy to know that you are cancer-free!  Cancer is so common these days and it is very sad, it's certainly something that shouldn't be common.

Nov 10, 2023 05:22 AM
Kathy Schowe

Brian England - Thank you Brian-- it is far too common!  Hope you are healthy and happy!  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:25 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Good for you that you are here to wrote positively about it. My wife is in the same club, and we are grateful for her recovery.  

I commit a portion of each sale to breast cancer research so that others may have an easier time of it as well.

Nov 10, 2023 07:13 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you Ed- I hope your wife has continued good health!  And appreciate you supporting breast cancer research!  K

Nov 10, 2023 08:26 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

That is truly something to be grateful for Kathy Schowe .   I'm so happy you're cancer free.  My mother was also a breast cancer survivor.  I wish you continued good health.

Nov 22, 2023 10:56 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you for stopping by Elyse Berman, PA - hope your holiday was special!  Kathy

Nov 28, 2023 09:15 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Metro Life Homes - Palm Springs, CA
California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407

You WHOOP on that C-Monster!!!!

Dec 20, 2023 08:50 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you Ralph Gorgoglione !  Merry Christmas!

Dec 23, 2023 09:47 AM