Cha Ching Queen, aka, Rachel Belkin from Austin, Texas is a mom, wife, educator, and young breast cancer survivor living life to its fullest learning, teaching and helping others. Her lifestyle blog aptly named Cha Ching Queen writes about health and happiness on a budget.
Rachel, can you tell us about your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31 in 2009. My kids were 3 and 1 years-old at the time. I found the lump myself and went to three different doctors. They thought I either had a cyst or plugged milk duct. I went in to have the “cyst” drained. The next day, I got a call from the doctor with the dreaded words no one ever want to hear, “You have cancer”.
Luckily, it was caught early, but since the cancer was triple negative, aggressive, and I was BRCA positive, I had an aggressive treatment plan. In October 2009, I had a bilateral mastectomy and started the implant reconstruction process. Then, at the end of that month, I began chemo treatments. I had four rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxan.
Now, I get checkups every 6 months.
I am in the process of decreasing my risk of ovarian cancer. I have had my fallopian tubes removed and will my have my ovaries removed in a couple of years.
How long have you been known as the Cha Ching Queen? What was your reason for creating this website?
I started my blog in early 2009. I have always enjoyed finding ways to save money. Family and friends encouraged me start a blog and share what I have learned with others.
After having cancer, I decided to make the site more of a lifestyle blog. Now, I share tips to help others have health and happiness on a budget.
How can your money saving tips help other cancer survivors offset their #cancercosts?
Before cancer, I never realized how expensive it can be. There is more to the cost of cancer than just the surgeries and treatments. Cancer affects your whole life and those around you. Cancer patients may have to work less or not at all. They might need financial help with meals, childcare, travel, recovery products, and more.
I find ways to help everyone save money in their daily lives, but I especially enjoy helping cancer patients find discounts and freebies because I know how expensive cancer is.
How do you encourage other bloggers to balance their health, wealth and happiness?
I encourage my audience to find a balance that works for them. Not everyone has the time or money to eat all organic, non processed foods, exercise daily, and spend quality time with the family. Even doing a little bit, is better than nothing.
What will Cha Ching Queen look like in the future? What special projects or ideas do you have to grow your blog?
I love continuously learning and teaching others. There are always new ideas, products, and discoveries. I try to keep as up-to-date as I can in order to help my readers have happy, healthy lives without spending a lot of money. I would love to go to more conferences and collaborate with other bloggers and companies. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
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