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Melissa Radermacher

  • age: 55
  • year of diagnosis: 2004
  • survivor years: 12
  • Year Breast Cancer Touched Your Life: 2004
  • current city: Seattle, WA
  • type of breast cancer: Invasive Ductal carcinoma
  • profession: Construction Project Manager

About Melissa


What is your idea of happiness?
Enjoying the beautiful outdoors and having the energy to be able to take advantage of all there is to do and see.
When and where were you happiest?
I was happiest being with my family when my son was young and we would take day hikes or walks in the woods. I loved time together just exploring and talking and seeing the wonder in his eyes.
What is your biggest fear?
Losing energy and abilities to do things I love.
What is your biggest fear?
Losing energy and abilities to do things I love.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother was my hero. She didn’t know it and I wish I had told her while I had the chance. She weathered so much and you never knew it from her demeanor. She was always so giving and loving. And my husband is my hero. He is genuine, kind, caring, a one-man construction crew and incredibly steadfast and loving.
What do you most value in your friends?
Friends don’t let time measure the value of a relationship. Neither the distance between visits nor the years we have known one another need matter. What matters is that you genuinely care for someone and they know it by your actions. That is friendship. Those are my friends.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the piano. I always wanted to learn. If you knew how and had one, you would never be without music.
What is your current state of mind?
A bit melancholy. The one-year anniversary of my mom’s passing is this week.
What is your most treasured possession?
My memories.
How do you most like spending your time?
I love taking in views and vistas. A good walk that leaves you with a wonderful hilltop view or sunset is the best! And I like gardening.
What do you most dislike?
Arguing. A good disagreement is OK – but an argument for the sake of being right is pointless and leaves no one feeling good.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
You will get through this. It isn’t going to be something you would ever choose to do, but you can do this. You have a whole community of sisters and brothers out here supporting you. I know in the end this fight will make you stronger and will bring out more of you than you can imagine. Most important is that you focus on YOU. YOU first. Period.
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