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Rosemarie Rogers

  • year of diagnosis: 1995
  • survivor years: 20 years
  • current city: Richton Park, IL
  • type of breast cancer: Stage II Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma
  • profession: Retired from federal government 2004 after 37 years with Department of Labor and 22 years military.

About Rosemarie

Q&A

What is your idea of happiness?
To wake each day, get out of bed, exercise, enjoy friendships, and help those in need,
When and where were you happiest?
The day I retired. I began work as a member of the military at 18, when I left the military I became a government employee and was able to leave my job after 37 years. This allowed me to spend
time with friends and family, and explore the volunteer projects that I enjoy.
What is your biggest fear?
Spiders, and things that crawl with multiple legs! I can deal with anything else.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My Mom, she had very little, but gave all to her girls (there are 3 of us).
What do you most value in your friends?
Being able to talk to them about anything. We may not always agree, but we respect each
other’s opinion.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To sing. Right now I only sing in the car or shower. If you heard me you wouldn’t wonder why.
What is your current state of mind?
Calm.
What is your most treasured possession?
Memories. Possessions are things that could be lost or destroyed. Memories can’t be taken
away.
How do you most like spending your time?
Listening to live music (huge jazz fan) and traveling to places I’ve never been before.
What do you most dislike?
People who make assumptions about those different from them.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right
now?
It may be hard and difficult in what they’re going through, but concentrate on what is happening
now. No one can predict the future, and to attempt to rationalize what the future holds is something
we can’t do.
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