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Brenda Jones

  • year of diagnosis: 2008
  • survivor years: 8 years
  • current city: Southampton, NJ
  • type of breast cancer: Stage 2
  • profession: Designer of Hug Wraps
  • children: 1 (adopted - 27 months)

About Brenda

Q&A

What is your idea of happiness?
Living in the moment and creating memories. I love when you're with someone and you turn to them and say, "Remember when we ..." and you both dissolve in laughter. Priceless!
When and where were you happiest?
A couple years ago when my entire family went on a cruise together. It was a week of laughter, joyful mayhem, practical jokes, and love!
What is your biggest fear?
So much violence in the world. But, it's during tragedy that you feel hope most, when you see so many people reach out to complete strangers with love, compassion and kindness.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I meet new heroes every day. I love seeing a person do a random act of kindness, be a voice for someone who has none, reach out with a hand up to someone struggling or hug a stranger who looks like they need one.
What do you most value in your friends?
Their time and attention. In spite of hectic schedules, we find time to meet for dinner, a movie, a concert, the theatre or take a trip together.
Which talent would you most like to have?
A talent to calm others. To be able to calm a crying child, to calm a frightened cancer patient, to calm a grieving family who has lost a loved one, or to calm an injured animal.
What is your current state of mind?
Grateful. Grateful for my life and humbled to be a Ford Warriors in Pink Model of Courage. Also, deeply grateful to be able to help other cancer patients and give them comfort and dignity.
What is your most treasured possession?
My yard. It's a safe place my outside animals call home, stray animals find food and shelter, connects family & friends with laughter and where my foster daughter first touched grass.
How do you most like spending your time?
I love going to country music concerts, walking the Jersey Shore boardwalks, going to carnivals & outdoor festivals, and watching TV while I work and sew items that I sell.
What do you most dislike?
Anyone who abuses children or animals. Oh, and telemarketers.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
Find your safety net that catches you when you fall. It could be Faith, music, family, friends, animals, books, etc. Then hold on and don't give up!
What is your favorite quote? This can be your own quote or words that you live by.
Be the answer to someone else's prayers.
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