Breast cancer has given me many gifts. I am the best person I have ever been. I have learned that I have the strength and courage to accomplish any goal I set for myself; including earning an AA, BA, and Master’s degree…during two battles with breast cancer, a mastectomy, chemotherapy (both times), radiation, and eight separate surgeries!
Breast cancer has given me the gift of sitting with a stranger last week, while she met with her oncologist for the first time. Breast cancer has helped to shape my career trajectory. I have been blessed to walk through the many phases of breast cancer – diagnosis through Stage 4 through the end of life – with breast cancer survivors and their families.
Breast cancer has been a gift that has enabled me to be a gift to others.