Occupation – Bookkeeper at the Lex Group for 10 years
Children – one step-son, one step-daughter, one granddaughter and one grandson
When were you diagnosed? July 2009
Treatment location? Chemo at St. Mary’s and radiation at MCV (Hanover Memorial Regional Location)
How was it found (self-examination, mammogram, annual checkup etc)? Mammogram
Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Yes – mother and aunt
As a woman what gives you your strength (not necessarily a woman with breast cancer but just an average woman)? I think I get my strength from love and relationships, from my faith, from dreaming and pursuing my dreams and from working hard and never giving up.
Briefly state in your own words something about yourself that you want people to know. Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I thought I was living my life to its fullest. However, having cancer has taught me that life is very precious and can change in the blink of an eye, and because of that I started living my life differently. I would often say “no”, because it was a weeknight or because I’m tired or just too lazy and now I say “yes”, as often as possible. I want to do it all, see it all . . . I don’t want to miss anything.
I love spending time with my amazing husband, family and friends and I also enjoy playing tennis, line dancing, walking and going to the beach.
My favorite quote is:
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.
One person CAN make a difference......be that person