Age at diagnosis

Year diagnosed

Brief Story
Approximately 10 years years ago I was diagnosed with ER/PR negative HER2 positive inflammatory breast cancer. I endured neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (Taxotere), Herceptin infusions for one year, a mastectomy, additional chemotherapy (Adriamycin/Cytoxan), radiation and a modified micro-vascular DIEP flap reconstruction. After 5 years, I developed Lymphedema. Because of my unique story, triumphant recovery, and complicated diagnosis, I was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network show called “Mystery Diagnosis.” I serve as a State Leader for Young Survival Coalition, a Patient Advocate for the National Cancer Institute PS-OC Program and my full time job is Assistant Director for City of Hope.

How I got through treatment
My mom! She is the ultimate best friend! She moved in to care for me when I was first diagnosed and never let me see her shed a tear even though we were both very scared. She cared for me after every surgery. She let me borrow her strength when I was weak. This year, to celebrate my 10 year canceraversary, we hope to see Alaska.

Current Status

– Trust your intuition and be your own health advocate.
– Celebrate every milestone (no matter how little or big)!
– Be of service to others and allow others to help you in your time of need

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