Profession: Cosmetologist/Event Planner
Type of Breast Cancer: Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Number of Years as a Survivor: 21 years
Relationship to Susan G. Komen: Board Member, Governance Chair, Worship in Pink Chair, Race Committee member, Volunteer
I’ll celebrate my 60th birthday as well as my 21st year as a breast cancer survivor at our Susan G. Komen® “Race for the Cure” on October 15th, two days early! Sheer bliss best describes the JOY and BLESSING of celebrating two phenomenal occasions at once!
Surviving breast cancer means I am incredibly blessed to be alive and so very grateful! More importantly, I live each day of my life with intention!
My breast cancer diagnosis was the most impactful “AHA” moment of my life. Being a survivor strengthened my faith in God, revealed God’s purpose for my life (improving the lives of breast cancer survivors and a world without breast cancer), taught me to relinquish that which I cannot control, taught me to live in the moment, and humble gratitude for my innumerable blessings. My faith, my loving and supportive family, as well as my friends have kept me going throughout my breast cancer journey and I am forever grateful.
I believe that generosity is love in action. Shortly after my diagnosis, I became a co-facilitator of a breast cancer support group and was introduced to Susan G. Komen® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. I immediately became a volunteer and was able to more effectively reach my goal of educating women about breast cancer and becoming a breast cancer advocate. After many years serving Komen and the community in this capacity, I served on the Board of Directors for six years, and now serve on the Advisory Board. I Chair the Governance and Worship in Pink Committees. I also play an active role on the Race Committee, registering Survivors at the Survivor Registration Tent. I was recently afforded the honor of being selected as a Ford Model of Courage for the 2016-17 Campaign, a richly rewarding experience. Let’s just say that I bleed PINK.
There are often residual side effects from treatment. I have chosen not to focus on these side effects, but to enjoy every moment of my life in spite of them and give back to this cause as much as possible. Living my life intentionally is a must for me. I refused to give up believing and trusting that God would heal me, and instead I’ve chosen to experience an amazing life and the opportunity to dote on my two “cupcakes” – my granddaughters Kimaia and Kendal.
As I reflect on my amazing journey, one word profoundly resonates more than any other, FAITH!