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Dora Lipper

  • age: 55
  • year of diagnosis: 2015
  • survivor years: Current
  • Year Breast Cancer Touched Your Life: 2015
  • current city: Seattle, WA
  • type of breast cancer: Invasive Ductal carcinoma
  • profession: Director of Operational Projects
  • children: 3

About Dora


What is your idea of happiness?
I’ve always said happiness is a choice, so for me, that means choosing to face everything in life by looking for the joy it has to offer. Even in adversity, it is possible to find happiness.
When and where were you happiest?
I am the happiest when surrounded by my family. Having my children and husband with me, whether at home or on a trip, is perfection.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is being taken away from my family before I have gotten a chance to celebrate all that life has to offer with them.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother is my hero. She has taken whatever adversity that life has handed her and dealt with it with dignity and grace.
What do you most value in your friends?
I value honesty and loyalty most in my friends. Support from my close friends has gotten me through life’s most trying times.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish that I had musical talent … to sing beautifully and have innate rhythm to play the drums!
What is your current state of mind?
I continue to have a positive state of mind. Since my diagnosis, I said that I had breast cancer; it did not have me.
What is your most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is my grandfather’s bibles where he wrote important family dates like births, weddings and immigration information. He also wrote a letter to future generations about the importance of having faith.
How do you most like spending your time?
I spend a lot of my time cooking … I love feeding people. I also began playing Mahjong more regularly as a way to keep my brain active to overcome chemo-brain.
What do you most dislike?
I strongly dislike injustice. In a perfect world, everyone would treat others fairly and with kindness.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
I feel like the strength and positive attitude that I maintained throughout my diagnosis and treatment helps me to mentor others who have been diagnosed after me. To help them know that they can take control of some aspects of their health gives them comfort at a time when it feels like they have no control.
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