- age: 49
- year of diagnosis: 2014
- survivor years: 1
- current city: Atlanta, GA
- type of breast cancer: Triple Negative Breast Cancer
- profession: Management Consultant
- children: 2
- What is your idea of happiness?
- To me happiness is living a life that fits who you are and who you are becoming. It’s about having the courage to be authentically yourself.
- When and where were you happiest?
- I feel I’m happiest now. Life is crazy hectic at times, but I’m more myself now than I’ve ever been. That makes me happy.
- What is your biggest fear?
- My prayer since becoming a mom in 1990 was to live long enough to help my kids grow up and become happy, compassionate and authentic citizens of the world. When I was diagnosed with TNBC in 2014, my children were 23 and 9. I was instantly afraid that maybe that prayer wouldn’t be answered. Now, my cancer is gone and I’m still here!
- Who are your heroes in real life?
- My mother and grandmother who told me I could do anything…be anything. My children, whose very existence fills me up with so much love that my love tank is never empty. My fellow Models of Courage sisters who each in their own way has inspired and encouraged me keep going.
- What do you most value in your friends?
- A sense of humor! I love to laugh and if you’re ever around me, my close friends or family, you’re promised to really LOL (laugh out loud).
- Which talent would you most like to have?
- I played violin for many years as a young person and even won a state talent pageant with my fiddle. The violin is still cool and is making a comeback but I’ve always wished I could play piano.
- What is your current state of mind?
- Mentally, I’m doing great. I told myself during treatment that I’d permanently adopt my slower pace of living. But as a mom, very busy entrepreneur and soon to be author, the pace has been steadily creeping back up to hectic. I’m keeping my eye on it but it’s tough.
- What is your most treasured possession?
- My grandmother’s sweet potato pie recipe. She shared it with me when I was a young woman. She’s currently battling late stage Alzheimer’s disease. Whenever I bake a sweet potato pie, I’m doing it in honor of her. She was a phenomenal cook and baker!
- How do you most like spending your time?
- I’ve learned to balance my discretionary time between time with friends and family and time alone. When I’m in connection mode, I’m surrounded by friends and family and the common threads are laughter and food! If I’m taking some alone time, I’m usually watching a movie, on a beach or getting a massage….woosaaaa
- What do you most dislike?
- Lack of compassion and understanding for others