After a lot of testing I was diagnosed with an invasive ductal carcinoma in June 2019. ER+ c-erB2- in my left breast. My tumor was roughly 3.5cm in diameter. I was away from my loved ones, staying in a hotel and going to treatments alone. I have a son and it was difficult to explain to him I had cancer, I wrote a book to help explain children cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.”
How do you feel now?
“In many ways cancer saved my life. Whilst my personal journey continues, my life feels like it is in widescreen. Colors are brighter, family, friends are precious, and life is a gift. I found the courage to change my life, cancer taught me you can choose your happiness, your response. You can create that life that you want to create, and I want to create a full and happy life.
Turning 40 this year inspired me want to give back. There is an opportunity to raise awareness around diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. I wanted to share my story to let people know you are not alone in the journey.”
So why a fundraiser for PATH?
"Not everyone has the same opportunities as I have. I was privileged to have immediate, high-quality access to care, where women in low- and middle-income communities in Peru do not have that privilege. I want to use this gift I have been given to make the journey easier for others who will be diagnosed, for us to understand the disease better and to be able to provide more targeted treatment options.