Meet Carletta

I planned to how to keep it moving beyond cancer. That is how I found motivation. Carletta.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41. As a survivor, I’m committed to working toward my health goals and giving back to the community that helped me through treatment.

Finding My Motivation

Carletta: My Own Best Advocate
Carletta, age 44, talks about how knowing her family history of breast cancer made it easier for her to be proactive about talking to her doctor when she noticed changes in her body. Carletta was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41, and she finished her first triathlon one year after her first chemotherapy treatment.
Carletta riding her bicycle

My “keep it moving” motto helped me stay positive through treatment.

With cancer treatment behind me, the motto reminds me to move my body to protect my health and continue seeking adventure—whether it’s playing tennis, competing in my first triathlon, or training for a 120-mile kayak and bike ride.

It’s not always easy for me to meet my health goals—like eating well. But my motto pushes me to be my healthiest self to lower my risk of getting cancer again or having the cancer come back.

The Value of a Strong Support System

Carletta’s Motivated Moment
Carletta

Carletta found the strength to beat breast cancer by mapping out her own strategy. Listen to her story, and be inspired to take control of your breast health.

Asking for and accepting help as a patient and survivor was difficult for me. But I recognized over time that my friends and family wanted to help—they just weren’t always sure how. I just needed to let them know.

One of the best ways that my friends helped me was by encouraging me to be honest with my feelings. I wasn’t always feeling positive, and that was okay.

I use my experience to offer the same love and encouragement to my friends affected by cancer.

Giving Back to the Breast Cancer Community

Carletta wearing a blanket

I am thankful for the support I got from breast cancer groups throughout my diagnosis and treatment.

I give back to this community through volunteering and serving on executive boards. Through my involvement, I ensure these groups meet the unique needs of survivors and minority women.

Page last reviewed: September 27, 2021