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Camari Olson

  • age: 52
  • year of diagnosis: 1997 and 2005
  • survivor years: 17 years from my first cancer, 8 from my second.
  • current city: Sammamish, WA
  • type of breast cancer: First time it was medullary breast cancer. Second time it was a very rare form called metaplastic breast cancer. Less than 0.5% are this kind.
  • profession: Firefighter

About Camari

Camari is a two-time breast cancer survivor who threw herself into fighting the disease. During treatment she rode her bike to the hospital and work, a 46-mile round-trip. She has biked from Oregon to Canada, summited Mt. Rainier twice, gone skydiving, bungee jumping and swimming with sharks. Five years after her first diagnosis, she became a firefighter. “Surviving cancer taught me to accept challenges rather than shy away from them.”

Q&A

What is your biggest fear?
Fear of failure. It's what drives me to succeed
What is your idea of happiness?
Enjoying life in the here and now.
When and where are you happiest?
Having fun - whether it's at the fire station with my co-workers, having some laughs around the dinner table or with my family and friends doing activities we enjoy together.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My brothers. We have all overcome many obstacles in life. I'm proud of what they have become and treasure the deep friendship we share.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Being a workaholic. It leaves no time to enjoy the other great things life has to offer.
What is your current state of mind?
Excited about the adventures life has in store for me - including being a 2014 Model of Courage!
How has having breast cancer changed your outlook on life?
It inspired me to seek out challenges rather than shy away from them.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming a firefighter at age 38, five years after surviving my first breast cancer.
What's something you've done that has challenged you?
Climbing Mt. Rainier twice with a group of female cancer survivors from Team Survivor Northwest.
What helped you deal with your cancer emotionally?
Humor! I have lots of funny stories surrounding my experience with breast cancer.
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Camari 's Favorite Looks

Dream Catcher PJ Pants

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