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Jennifer Rindos

  • 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

About Jennifer

Q&A

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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