Renew's mission is to serve and care for all women after breast surgery. The emphasis is on providing them with confidence throughout their entire journey, while restoring a positive self body image and overall well-being.
About the Owner
Kelley has her Master's in Physical Therapy and has been practicing since 1997. After many years of caring for others, she found herself in the role of a patient after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Following the recovery from her own fight, she decided to use her clinical expertise and experience to provide care and assistance to other women on similar journeys. She is married with three active boys and resides in her hometown of West Palm Beach.
About the Office:
Renew is a personalized mastectomy boutique and private physical therapy office specializing in the treatment of breast related pathology. Renew is conveniently located in the heart of North Palm Beach on US 1, on the upstairs floor of the 700 building at the Northeast corner of US 1 and Lighthouse.
Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 - 3 and Tuesday and Thursday 8-1. We encourage phone appointments to be made for fittings to ensure appropriate time, insurance verification, and personalized attention. Our office phone number is 561- 328-7434 or feel free to submit a contact via the form on the next page.
Post Surgical Wear
Swimwear & Swim Forms
Wigs, Scarves, Turbans, and Hats
and Breast Related Private Physical Therapy
I was a 38 year old wife, mom and physical therapist in 2011 when I found a tiny, hard, pea-like lump in my right breast while lying in bed with my husband watching television. I immediately followed up with my gynecologist, who really didn’t feel anything and told me to wait until a full menstrual cycle and minimize drinking caffeine. I left the office feeling uneasy and after my menstrual cycle passed, I still felt the lump. My doctor sent me for an ultrasound and within two hours I got a call that I had to go for a biopsy. I got a very bad feeling about this tiny lump. After the biopsy, the waiting was terrible, maybe it was a week or so, I can’t remember now, but it certainly felt like eternity. I got the call from the radiologist office to come in to go over the report while I was at the movies with my little boys, I felt sick, I called my sister to relieve me at the movies so I could go speak with the radiologist. My mom met me there and I received news that would change my life forever. I had breast cancer. I thought I was going to die and leave my amazing husband, beautiful boys and wonderful family to do life without me. It was shocking to say the least based on the fact that I was in good shape, exercised all my life, ate well, didn’t smoke or do drugs and rarely had an alcoholic beverage.
After the diagnosis, I had to set up appointments with an oncologist, breast surgeon and plastic surgeon. At the breast surgeon is where I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy because I was scared it would come back in the other breast. The oncologist office is where I had to be told all the terrible things you never want to hear, like your chances of survival based on the treatment you choose. The plastic surgeon office was more decisions on what type of reconstruction I wanted. So the date was set for surgery and based on my PET scan they felt I would only need a mastectomy. This made me happy and ready to do it as soon as possible. When the day came, my family was by my husband’s side to support him as I underwent an 8 hour surgery. Upon awaking, my mom and husband were not saying much, finally it came out that I had cancer in two lymph nodes so my stage 1 went to a stage 2 and now I would have to have chemotherapy. Another shocker!! While I was healing, I went back to the oncologist to hear about what chemotherapy does to you and many other horrible things I do not remember. Thank God for my husband, who was right by my side the entire time, because most things I didn’t comprehend until they told me I was going to lose my hair. “What? Not me”, I said. “I am young, healthy and active”. The nurse said, “Yes, everyone loses their hair after the second chemotherapy session.” I was devastated to imagine how difficult it would be on my young boys, husband and family to see me without hair. I also did not want people to stare at me or know what I was going through.
At this point, I had to get my strength from my Lord and Savior, who had brought me through everything this far but now I had a 16 week treatment plan with chemo every 2 weeks while working at our PT practice, raising our boys and keeping up with all the things moms do. I became quiet and withdrawn during this time (which is unheard of for me) I prayed a ton and begged the Lord to give me all the strength I needed to get through it and he did. I went through the chemotherapy and did everything the doctor told me to do so I would not get sick and it worked. I also had the support of a breast cancer survivor that was my age, who had recently gone through this journey, she gave me some of the greatest encouragement and tips, like drink tons of water, exercise, and put frozen grapes in your mouth during the red chemo to prevent mouth sores and many other wonderful tips. I thank God for her because she kept me positive and focused. I have always been a positive person with lots of life and was determined to be that way during this trial in my life. During these 16 weeks, I worked much less because it was summer and the kids were out of school. My husband also worked less and had to let our business function the best it could without him. He was by my side at every chemotherapy session keeping my mind busy by watching movies, playing on the computer or just chatting. I don’t know what I would have done without him there. I was always the youngest person in the chemotherapy room each time and always felt like people were staring at me. Each visit gave me the creeps. I was so happy when my chemo treatment was finally over with.
After coming out on the other side of chemo with only a few hang ups, I was told I should consult a radiation oncologist. Not in the plan but I decided to get a consult and was blessed to send my case to multiple radiation oncologists to get their opinion. They recommended I go through radiation so I did and it wasn’t too bad because I did what I was told. I used the creams every day and still drank lots of water. I was able to work more during this time and get back on a regular schedule which made me feel normal again. During radiation, I made sure I kept my range of motion in my shoulder because I could feel it getting tight toward the end. Thank God I was a PT and knew what to do to manage it.
After the 28 days of radiation, it was the start of my new life, thankful to be alive, hair starting to grow back (even though it was white). I had a new outlook on life. I felt I was saved to help others and appreciate every day. I appreciate life more than ever now. I have worked on that since I came out on the other side with volunteer work in our community and at my church. Family has been my focus and helping them whenever I can. I feel like when I focus on others it makes me feel better overall. I still exercise and try to eat right and take tamoxifen. My life changed but I made the most of it. My husband and I now have 3 boys. We just adopted a young boy with leukemia so we are focusing on getting him through to the end of his treatment. It has been a huge blessing to have him in our lives.
My husband helped me get the Renew Breast Care Boutique started which was another way I could be there for others along the same journey to support them and give them encouragement. Maybe my life was made better because of trial I had to endure.