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- year of diagnosis: 2011
- survivor years: 5 years
- current city: Hicksville, NY
- type of breast cancer: ER+ metastatic
- profession: Teacher / Real Estate Agent
- children: 1
- What is your idea of happiness?
- For me, happiness shows in contentment. Contentment comes from the simple pleasure of the people and spaces around you; moment by moment. Next weekend I’ll be in the woods next to a brook with my family. That is happiness.
- When and where were you happiest?
- The days and weeks following the birth of my only child, my daughter was my happiest. So was this morning as I watched her sleep, 15 years later. Happiness has no calendar.
- What is your biggest fear?
- My biggest fear is that my loved ones won’t ever get to feel the peace I feel when I meditate and become one with my breath. I’ve had severe anxiety and panic disorder and I see the contrast. I see the wound up looks on their faces and I fear they will never let go of them.
- Who are your heroes in real life?
- Heroes are honest so whoever is brave enough to tell a simple truth against immeasurable odds.
- What do you most value in your friends?
- I value honesty and loyalty. They go together … I can’t function amongst untruths and false attachments.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
- I would like to be a novel writer. I have ideas but I lack the talent of storytelling.
- What is your current state of mind?
- I am calm, optimistic, hopeful, motivated and peaceful.
- What is your most treasured possession?
- I have many, but, my father’s very old copy of his favorite book. It’s so old and it’s been read a hundred times. I have a favorite book like that myself. The more marked up a book the better. That means it was treasured by someone. My father’s favorite book is my treasure.
- How do you most like spending your time?
- I like spending my time in NYC going to museums and on walking tours.
- What do you most dislike?
- Conflict. I most dislike conflict between people. Presently I dislike the way people are so ready to hate each other and not consider that conflicts result in more conflict.
- In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now? .
- No one can predict the future. Not one person can know what will happen and when. I have lived with Stage IV metastatic disease for almost 5 years now. By the 3rd day of my diagnosis, I decided that my future wasn’t written yet and that I had faith in progress, in treatment, and faith in my ability to
experience each day with joy. I don’t know when my time is going to come and when it does I might not be so happy about it, but shoot, I’m going to suck as much joy out of each day that I can.
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