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Stage Three Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast Cancer Charities of America

I am a 28-year old, middle sister of three, macramé making, fun-times-having-galore female currently kicking cancer’s butt! I love any and all festivals, dogs, holiday sweaters, and my family. My favorite festivals consist of too many vendors to count passing out free food and of course face painting booths. My love of holiday sweaters extends past the Christmas season with me being sure to always sport sweaters for Easter, Independence Day, and fall festivities such as the first day of Autumn and Halloween.

Since being diagnosed in January 2017 with stage three breast cancer, testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, and beginning chemotherapy this past January, I’ve learned to jam pack my weekends with as many fun things as possible including all of the festivals that I love! My chemo schedule currently has me receiving the “red devil” of cancer drugs every 21 days for six cycles, so while I may not be able to have as much fun as I used to on a regular basis, I strive to make the most of my good week every time- staying as active as possible and soaking up special time with my sisters and parents. My biggest supporter throughout my journey has been my mother. She has been there to hold my hand every step of the way and has went to each and every doctor’s appointment with me.

Being that I work for a nonprofit myself and being a single household of one, the grant that the Breast Cancer Charities of America granted will help ease my stress TREMENDOUSLY. My advice to others who are going through the breast cancer journey is to keep asking questions to find the best option that fits you. And just like Dory said, “Just keep Swimming”.