#WeAreAllTheFaceofBreastCancer This October
MBC | STAGE 4
In Her Own Words…
I am a mom, daughter, friend, adventurer, traveler, advocate, writer, nonprofit owner, nature lover, mindfulness practitioner, and I also live with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. This November will mark my ninth year thriving with MBC, and though I have rough days, scanxiety every 3-6 months, I have learned throughout my years to not let “in” my disease but to live with it. I am not a fighter, a warrior, or a battlefield. I am a resilient empowered woman, who has made it her life goal, to live out her dreams, capture experiences, and advocate full-time for the MBC community which I love so much. Cancer will never define me, it may force me to make certain decisions and go down paths I would not have otherwise chosen for myself, but even on those unknown trails, there are markers of beauty and silver linings.
What has been the most challenging part of your journey?
The most challenging part of my journey has been the uncertainty of knowing when the disease will progress and the changing dynamics of relationships.
What one thing you want all breast cancer patients to know?
You are not defined by your diagnosis. You are still you. Take some time, to really get to know yourself, and fill your life with the things that bring you joy. Don’t wait to live out your dreams, if you can do them now.
What is your superpower?
Resiliency and creativity
What is your theme song?
What is your favorite movie?
Love Actually. I know it’s a Christmas movie, but it always puts me in a great mood.
What is your go-to snack?
Chips and salsa
What your spirit animal?
The Honu, (turtle). I am Native Hawaiian and my aumaukua is the honu. I even have it tattooed on my wrist to remind myself every day. Protection, endurance, and long life.
What is your favorite food?
Traditional Hawaiian food….that does not include pineapple.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hmmmm, I have been to many places, but I would love to go to Patagonia to see the penguins.
“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
— Mary Oliver
WE ARE ALL THE FACE OF BREAST CANCER