I was diagnosed on March 8, 2018, and finished radiation treatment on October 26th. After being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 29, with no family history, I was completely devastated. One of the hardest things about my breast cancer diagnoses was the thought of dying and that I had a 2 ½ year old that didn’t want to lose me. The scariest thing about this whole process is the unknown, not knowing what stage I was, then not knowing what the treatment options were going to be. And most importantly, not knowing if I was going to make it or not.


But after completing treatment and removing my cancer, a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Along with exercising, I feel so much better! I’m sure to exercise 5 days a week and make better food choices for my future health. I’m currently awaiting reconstruction, and once I’ve completed that process, I can put this all behind me and continue to inspire others!


I have found so much support from my family and friends throughout this whole journey and even have done a few speeches at breast cancer events that have helped me stay positive throughout my diagnoses. Attitude is everything! You have to stay positive to keep your spirits lifted, otherwise, you let cancer win in the end. And that my friends, is something we can’t let happen! If you have a bad day, have that bad day, but don’t stay there.


I hope to continue to share my story once this is all behind me to inspire others going through this same battle!

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