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Linda Pond

  • age: 56
  • year of diagnosis: 2012
  • survivor years: 3 years
  • current city: Livonia, Michigan
  • type of breast cancer: Stage 1A Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • profession: IT Business Analyst at Ford
  • children: 3 cats: Bad Wylie, Jane Doe and Oliver

About Linda

Within 24 hours after being diagnosed, Linda decided that she wanted to be open about her breast cancer – using her experience to help others. Linda also wanted to keep her life as normal as possible during treatment and radiation, so she walked three miles a day and went to yoga class twice a week. Linda said, “I have my battle scars, but I am here, I am alive, and I am living every day of life to the fullest!”

Q&A

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Obedience – sometimes you need to go against the flow.
What is your greatest regret?
I don’t like regrets – regrets relate to the past. I look to my past mistakes and learn from them, stay focused on moving forward, not looking back.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband, who stood strong with me in my battle.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Anything music...singing, playing an instrument.
What is your current state of mind?
Excited to start the next chapter in my journey – I keep saying I’m going to help someone else with my experiences!
How has having breast cancer changed your outlook on life?
It has given me a new inner strength. I want to live each moment to the fullest, am not afraid to rock the boat and have discovered a passion to help others.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Winning the battle against cancer and standing up for myself.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be just a few inches taller!
What was your darkest hour?
When I was told that I had breast cancer.
What was your brightest hour?
The day after I was told that I had breast cancer and I decided to be very open, the love and support I received that day and during all my days in treatment is still overwhelming.
What is your most marked characteristic?
My energy and my laugh.
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