Breast cancer survivor
Twist on Cancer: At the age of 40 and at 23 weeks pregnant with our third child, our family’s lives were forever changed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My mother-in-law used to say “Undoubtedly, the universe is unfolding as it should,” which is a great way to look at the world when facing decisions or dealing with disappointment. As I started my 15 months in active treatment, I couldn’t see how the universe was unfolding as it should. I was angry and scared for my entire family, especially our unborn daughter. I held tight to my own mantra throughout the journey: “We don’t choose what happens to us, but we choose how we respond to it.” I responded with a fierce determination to do everything in my power to live cancer free again, to ensure my daughter was born safely, and to continue to provide our other children with life full of love and happiness. While I didn’t see it at the time, I can now see that the universe was unfolding exactly as it should. Chance meetings with others changed the course of my treatment, new friendships formed that were instrumental in my ability to see the good in the world, and my medical team worked collectively to allow me to balance treatment with a joyful pregnancy that resulted in a wonderful, healthy baby. I am continuously thankful that I am able to continue watching the universe unfold as it should as we raise our family.