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Zeynep Akcay

  • year of diagnosis: 2009
  • survivor years: 7 years
  • current city: Somerset, NJ
  • type of breast cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer
  • profession: Assistant professor of math
  • children: 1 on the way

About Zeynep

Q&A

What is your idea of happiness?
Reflecting the bounties of life with our loved ones, such as enjoying a full moon with friends at the beach.
When and where were you happiest?
During times with my loved ones, for example during an outdoors brunch with my family in a warm spring weather.
What is your biggest fear?
Breaking the heart of a person.
Who are your heroes in real life? My mother is my hero in my life. She inspired me and many with a great heart that was open to everyone.
My mother is my hero in my life. She inspired me and many with a great heart that was open to everyone.
What do you most value in your friends?
I value them being honest, sincere, giving and sharing during the good and the bad days.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I try and would love to always be patient and forgiving.
What is your current state of mind?
Currently, I am enjoying the peace, love and happiness my newborn baby girl brought to our life.
What is your most treasured possession?
My little baby girl who I waited to have for 6 years due to my breast cancer treatment.
How do you most like spending your time?
Being with my family and friends, working on a craft project and traveling.
What do you most dislike?
Hate, violence and judging people.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
Believe that these days will be over and you will be a much stronger person, not caring small things in life and enjoying every small happiness.
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