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
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
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
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.