I'm a wife, mommy, daughter, cousin, friend, advocate, country girl, foodie and so much more. I am the most calm right after prayer and when listening to music. I love meeting new people and learning their stories. I am not a surface person, I love to learn what makes people tick, what makes them happy.
Upon diagnosis, what was your first thought?
How long do I have to live? Who is going to take care of my children?
Sometimes it’s hard to “thrive,” we all have days where we are just trying to survive. What is something that gets you through on the hardest days?
Music, I turn on Whitney Houston. Tears have healing power as well. I also know that you appreciate the good days because bad days exist, so bad days don't last always.
Who is another woman you have admired on this journey that has shared a similar experience with breast cancer/cancer (please type what type of cancer you had/have)?
I had stage 2 estrogen receptor breast cancer. Are you really going to make me name one? I have a whole tribe here in Buffalo/Western NY! You will get me in trouble! LOL. They ALL inspire me, seriously, they are unmatched, one text and they all come running.
We all need a good support system; who makes up yours?
My friends and family, my husband and children!
Through your journey, what are some resources you have found that would be helpful to other women?
Other women, we all need a tribe. The tribe that recognizes when you go quiet and check on you, the ones that bring you meals when you don't feel well or just text I love you when you need it.
What is something society gets wrong about young women battling breast cancer and cancer in general?
That our strength means we don't need anything. That our first "no I don't need anything" means you should stop trying.
You come across another woman who has just received her diagnosis. What is one piece of advice you’d have for them at that moment?
It's ok to not be ok. You have just gained an amazing sisterhood that you will have for life!
Because we have to (we love music here) - what’s the last song you listened to?
Actually this week I have been listening to the queen Mary J Blige and I just listened to Mary J Blige Just Fine!!!