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|I am "mama" to two kiddos. Professionally, I am a medical physicist and have spent a lot of time around cancer and medical imaging to detect/follow cancer. (Currently, I spend much of my work on communicating risks from diagnostic imaging exams - X-ray, CT, PET, etc.) I have played the cello for most of my life, and I enjoy music, hiking, spending time in the mountains, and hanging out with my children and wonderful, one-of-a-kind husband. |
In 2015, at the age of 36, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer and had to tell my kids (then ages 5 and 8) that I was pretty sick. Over the next 10 months, we had many, many conversations about my illness, treatment, life, and death. After watching cancer from the sidelines, I not only was dealing with it myself but navigating how to still be "Mama" to my kids.
After my diagnosis, I felt that resources for younger cancer patients were lacking. There were even fewer places to talk to other cancer patients who had young kids. I'm hoping the Share Triumph project can be that resource for someone else.
Having cancer has not made my life better, but it certainly has made it different.