Twist on Cancer: My name is Laura Cipolla and I am a teacher, a sports enthusiast and a coach. I live in Toronto, Ontario and have previously lived in the United Kingdom. However, my identity has changed. I am now a cancer survivor.
I found out over the phone in April 2020, after advocating for a second opinion, which I advocated for after having a very weird gut feeling.
It was breast cancer.
It was hard, very hard. I was 38 years old, I worked hard, ate healthy, was active, and took my supplements. Why me? It was a question I pondered? And I still think about it daily.
I have learned over the course of this journey that we have limited time and we need to be grateful for the time we are here. I have some beautiful people on this path and want to continue to give back to this community to try and eliminate this disease that affects 1 in 8 women.
I am now 40 years old and my priorities have shifted my life from stress and overworking to gratitude. I am now excited to say I live my life everyday healthy and happy and grateful. Oh boy, am I grateful. Gratitude was my word for 2020. I am forever grateful for the lessons I have learned about myself, my toughness, resilience and what we all can be capable of in the face of adversity.