This has been an eye-opening year for me and quite a journey. I went for a mammogram on May 25th and after it was done I met with Dr. Marc Brown. He said there was a mass on my left breast, and lymph nodes under the left arm pit.

Through this I have found the most support from my friends all over the world. Mia and Frank in London, Claudia in Rome, my friend Paddie and Jason in France.

I treated my oncology radiation treatment like it was a job. I stayed regimented and went to bed at a certain time, woke up at a certain time and made sure that I could make my treatment.

I heard about BCCA from the Columbia Presbyterian social worker. The social worker showed me that I had many different resources at my disposal.  BCCA helped me pay my electricity bill and I was thankful.

While I was going through treatment, I found the most joy from things like this; when you interact with people who are going through the same thing as you.

During the holidays, I called my bank and spoke with a service rep who noticed I had additional hospital, doctor, and prescription bills. I explained to him what was going on and then went about my day after the phone call.

A while later I was in a dark place and needed a sign from the universe. The doorbell rang and it was FedEx delivering an envelope from my bank with a bracelet from the gentleman I had spoken with on the phone.

They have a program called the Surprise and Delight program at Capital One. They formulated this program so that when a representative has a connection with someone on the phone they can make their day.

I have been very fortunate to have a support system with my friends in New York and around the world. For a while my brother and his family were in denial that I was sick, but I didn’t let that get me down.

Since then, my family has come around and had a change of heart, and I continue to have a positive attitude.