I am a survivor of stage II, triple-positive breast cancer.
Twist on Cancer: During my breast cancer journey, I came across the quote, “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you,” which so fittingly describes my experience with the disease. When confronted with my cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment at a relatively young age (35), I found strength by keeping in mind a handful of guiding principles: an appreciation for the here and now, a commitment to positivity (though also giving myself the space and grace for some epic meltdowns), recognition of the beauty and love around me, deep gratitude for time spent with family and friends, and the ability to laugh about the absurdity of my new normal. By re-framing and simplifying my perspective, in addition to accepting the incredible help and support of so many loved ones, I was able to trudge through the greatest challenge of my life thus far. I am forever changed, forever grateful, forever resilient. I am profoundly appreciative of the time, thought, effort, and consideration that the ever-so-talented Marianne has put into collaborating with me and depicting my journey. I will treasure this experience.