Twist on Cancer: At six years old I learned the word cancer, when my Mother was diagnosed with
breast cancer. In 2006 six weeks after getting married, I was diagnosed with breast
cancer (BRCA1) which means my cancer is hereditary. I was terrified and devastated, by
the time I was diagnosed I had already lost my Mother, five maternal aunts to either
breast or ovarian cancer. My life, my future, felt so uncertain I didn’t know where to
begin; my recovery process was extremely difficult I was broken physically and
emotionally, the fear of the unknown was debilitating. Losing my sister Maribel to
ovarian cancer in 2014, was my breaking point I needed to do something I couldn’t live
the rest of my life fearing cancer. For my recovery, I started participating in a local
support group (YSC) volunteering at different events and conferences, there I was finally
able to share and talk about my cancer journey with other young breast cancer survivors.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity and became a patient speaker for Myriad Genetics
which enables me to speak on the importance of genetic testing something that is very
important to me. Every time I speak or share my cancer journey, I am honoring my sister
Maribel; it has become an extremely important part of my healing process after her loss.
My focus in life is being positive, enjoying everyday and living life to the fullest; I live in
the present which means (gift) because everyday I live is a gift.