Jo-Marie Gagala

  • year of diagnosis: 2013
  • survivor years: 3 years
  • current city: Downers Grove, IL
  • type of breast cancer: DCIS
  • profession: President/Owner J & C Travel Inc, a full service home based travel agency
  • children: 3 (38, 27, 33)

About Jo-Marie


What is your idea of happiness?
Good health, respect and of course love.
When and where were you happiest?
At the altar, the day I married my best friend.
What is your biggest fear?
Any recurrence of cancer.
Who are your heroes in real life?
The dedicated men and women who give themselves to keep us safe and free.
What do you value most in your friends?
What talent would you most like to have?
To be able to sing well.
What is your current state of mind?
What is your most treasured possession?
My stereo; I love music.
How do you most like spending your time?
With my family.
What do you most dislike?
Disrespect and hateful words.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
I would ask them how they feel, what does their heart say? I would let them know it's okay to be concerned by cancer, but to try hard to not be controlled by it.
What is your favorite quote? This could be your own quote or words that you live by.
To never be ashamed of a scar. It only means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.
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