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Kristina Schermer

  • age: 29
  • year of diagnosis: 2014
  • survivor years: 2 year
  • current city: Denver, CO
  • type of breast cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • profession: Investor relations for a private equity real estate firm

About Kristina

Q&A

What is your idea of happiness?
Being among family and friends laughing, in conversation, while enjoying a fantastic meal.
When and where were you happiest?
I think happiness changes, depending on the season you're in. One memory that sticks out was teaching my class of 22 7 & 8 year old Honduran second-graders to cheer for a sporting team. It was the perfect match of my hometown and a country I fell in love with.
What is your biggest fear?
That I would go through life and have waited to live until everything was in place and circumstances were right. I think that everything we do, everything we have, everything we feel and experience is the life we are given today.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents. I could never imagine watching your child battle breast cancer at 26, but they were my strength, encouragement and joy throughout the whole thing. They also seem to laugh at each other after 36 years of marriage.
What do you most value in your friends?
How they've remained so consistent and never failed to make sure I knew how much I mattered. They show up time and time again.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To be bilingual.
What is your current state of mind?
Humbled. I feel privileged to have had breast cancer so young. The way my own heart has changed is something to be grateful for.
What is your most treasured possession?
My passport. I've had the privilege of living in both Europe and Central America and consider the stamps on the pages representative of so many memories.
How do you most like spending your time?
I enjoy being outside, riding my road bike, playing golf, skiing, watching sports and being with my family and friends.
What do you most dislike?
Ignorance.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
I would tell them that it's the most beautiful and heartbreaking journey you'll ever encounter. And that in the midst of hard times, your story is still really beautiful.
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