Learn how restaurant owner Biba Caggiano continued running her restaurant while undergoing chemotherapy, and how much help and support she had received there.
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Michael Tucker: She has her own restaurant. Her cooking shows have been on television for two decades. Biba: Hi I’m Biba. Welcome to my kitchen. Michael Tucker: She has written 7 popular Italian Cookbooks. Her husband is a leading expert in the field of Breast Cancer Treatment and Research. They were not prepared for the lab results on the lump she discovered in her breast. Biba: And I remember that when we found out it was positive I've got very mad. I didn’t get frightened and I was mad and I swore and I said damn it, damn it, damn it not now. I have so many things to do. Vincent: As a physician and as a cancer specialist this came as a shock. Michael Tucker: Biba would have the benefit of his long years of experience but not as her treating physician. I knew all the questions to ask and the things to do so it helped us. Biba: It was very, very supporting and very, very calm. Michael Tucker: Though the cancer was found that in early stage that did not mean treatment including chemotherapy would be easy. Biba: This and my husband the first thing he told me he said you will be tired after you do all this. Michael Tucker: Biba discovered strength and courage from her two homes. Biba: I have two families, my family, my husband, my children, grandchildren and I have the family that belongs to the restaurant. I have my kids in the kitchen. I called them my kids. They were kids when they were 20 now they are fathers and mothers and if I was tired the energy inside them lift me up. Michael Tucker: Having this successful restaurant is a demanding job. Working through outer chemotherapy meant much more than just keeping busy. Her customers reached out with love and concern. Some were old friends, others were new friends. Biba: It was amazing because every single time I would talk to women who had been there and I can’t even think about it because then I start crying out. This is where I feel good comes when people are very loving and they would say hang in there, I did it. You will be tolerant and there is this instant human rapport all of a sudden we were sisters and they gave me strength and they took it. Michael Tucker: This restaurant family is still full of love and support. Carlo: I think it was a pleasure for us to support her. This is wonderful place to work here. Michael Tucker: And the other family has grown larger. Biba: When this happened both my daughters were pregnant and it was very difficult for them. Now I have 3 little one’s and it will three years old and the other two are 8 ½ months and 9 months. One is Eden and Alex. When they come for dinner when I see them everything stops nothing else is important. Michael Tucker: Biba has discovered all she really needs in life are her two homes, two families, both filled with love that simmers to a perfect blend of strength and courage in Biba’s most remarkable recipe. Jill Eikenberry: Jane is an artist in tuned with expressing that brain creativity so many of the rest of us just envy. When breast cancer struck she had to reach for that energy to bring forth her genius and she has to do it again and again as the cancer returned.