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- age: 61
- year of diagnosis: 2009
- survivor years: 7 years
- current city: Miami, FL
- type of breast cancer: ER+/PR+ Her2neu-
- profession: Retired Teacher
- children: 2 (34 & 31)
- What is your idea of happiness?
- Relaxing with family and taking time to enjoy my many blessings.
- When and where were you happiest?
- Whenever I am able to spend time with my husband, sons, and daughter-in-law and granddaughter, I am happiest. My younger son lives in San Francisco so family time where we are able to all be together is so precious.
- What is your biggest fear?
- The fear of recurrence is never far from my mind, but I always try to focus on the positive and be grateful for every day. I want to be here for my children and grandchildren and grow old gracefully with my loving husband. I think fear of recurrence is something all survivors battle each day.
- Who are your heroes in real life?
- People who serve others are my heroes. The world moves so fast and people who take time for others is not always the norm. My mom is one of my real-life heroes since she always puts herself last and everyone else first. My husband was my rock through my breast cancer journey and I could not have survived without him. His loving care and constant encouragement was my strength.
- What do you most value in your friends?
- The trait I most value in my friends is the ability to know when to just listen and give support without offering advice. I am obsessive in many ways and just accepting myself as I am is so important to me.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
- Well, I wish I could sing, but God did not gift me in that department. I also wish I could play the guitar, but have not made the time to seriously try.
- What is your current state of mind?
- My current state of mind is one of deep gratitude. I have so very much to be thankful for.
- What is your most treasured possession?
- My most treasured possession is the love of my family.
- How do you most like spending your time?
- Traveling or spending time with my family. My husband and I are cruise tour guides and typically guide two tours each year. I love meeting new people and helping them enjoy their vacation.
- What do you most dislike?
- Wasting time … it’s too precious. I try to make every day count.
- In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
- You will get through it and be stronger than ever. Breast cancer gave me a new perspective on life
and the made me realize what’s important. We women are natural care-givers but often don’t take enough time for ourselves. Focus on healing and try to stay positive even on the hardest days. You will meet amazing people through your journey and they will enrich your life beyond anything you can imagine. My faith was also a key in my recovery. Whatever your beliefs, focus on something that gives you comfort, strength and hope.
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