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Marikit Lawson

  • age: 49
  • year of diagnosis: 2015
  • survivor years: 1+
  • current city: Weston, CT
  • type of breast cancer: Stage 1 Ductal Carcinoma
  • profession: HR Director for global publishing house

About Marikit


What is your idea of happiness?
Nowadays, happiness comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, in the planned and spontaneous events that happen in everyday life.
When and where were you happiest?
Most usually in the company of my husband, family and friends – watching my husband make dinner (he’s the better cook), being silly with my nieces (ice cream eating contest!), and Sunday suppers at my sister’s. Most recently (ahem, yesterday) with a glass of wine watching the sun set from our back patio and just being grateful for everything.
What is your biggest fear?
Similar to other survivors that the cancer returns. Or that it afflicts someone I care about.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My husband. He’s my best friend and rock. He was with me throughout my cancer journey – ever so patient, helpful, and supportive. He keeps me grounded.
What do you most value in your friends?
Someone who is genuine and sincere.
Which talent would you most like to have?
A quick wit and ability to make people laugh. Laughter is the best medicine.
What is your current state of mind?
What is your most treasured possession?
The scar from my lumpectomy – my daily reminder that each day is a gift.
How do you most like spending your time?
With my husband, family and friends. Kicking back, relaxing, and enjoying each other’s company – fun, silliness, laughter ... lots and lots of laughter!
What do you most dislike?
There’s a price of admission to be let in and be part of someone’s life. People who take advantage, abuse or take that privilege for granted don’t deserve a second invite.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
Cancer can be scary and overwhelming. There will be good days and days that are just downright awful. Take it one day at a time. Be kind to yourself, tune in to what you need at this moment, and every victory – however small (appetite back! first radiation treatment done!) -- is a cause for celebration.
What is your favorite quote? This can be your own quote or words that you live by.
You are stronger than you think!
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