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Pat Johnson

  • age: 64
  • year of diagnosis: 2008
  • survivor years: 8 years
  • current city: Miami, FL
  • type of breast cancer: Estrogen Sensitive (ER Positive)
  • profession: Flight Attendant
  • children: 2 (34 & 29)

About Pat

Q&A

What is your idea of happiness?
When I rise in the morning, I think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive--to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love and to make the day count.
When and where were you happiest?
I was happiest when my book, A Walking Miracle, was published in 2014 in Miami.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is that my cancer will return--and it has. I've become stronger, and a warrior, to fight once again.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My husband, Charles and my sister Yvonne are my real life heroes. Overtime, I've come to realize that material possessions are only "stuff,” but people who love and encourage me are the most valuable to me.
What do you most value in your friends?
I truly value friends who accept me for who I am, and who can give without expecting anything in return. I also cherish those who are willing to listen to me when I'm hurting.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I'd love to be able to sing like an R&B singer.
What is your current state of mind?
My state of mind is to stay positive and maintain a great attitude to fight cancer once again. A positive attitude is a power force that can't be stopped.
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is the love of my family and friends, and also the love I have to give them in return.
How do you most like spending your time?
I enjoy spending time encouraging cancer patients that they can beat this disease. I like reading my book, A Walking Miracle, to them as they receive chemotherapy.
What do you most dislike?
I dislike liars, pretenders, people who gossip and those who mistreat children and animals.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
You have to believe to succeed. Courage does not roar; sometimes it's a quiet voice saying, "I will win this fight."
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