My name is Kim Lamana, and in 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Of course, it was terrifying to hear the news, and so scary to realize that I was not in control of everything in my body. This was such a rude awakening. However, after a few minutes of fear, I realized that I needed to be proactive, and find the best doctors that I could to care of my breast cancer. My main priority was to save my life so that I could be in this world for my beautiful, amazing three daughters. Once I made my appointments, I went into the kitchen and made biscotti because I wanted my daughters to remember the day I was diagnosed as the day I baked, because I knew that I was going to be a survivor.
Finally, when I received the diagnosis, I realized how rich my life was because my friends and coworkers came “out of the woodwork” to support me. I realized that I was truly loved and cared for and that was a gift. Because I am a college professor and had accrued sick time during my tenure, did not lose any income. However, many women do not have the options I had, and that’s why I am supporting The Pink Fund in this Dancing With The Survivors event. If diagnosed today, I would not be able to use my accrued sick time and would only get 60% of my salary. It would have been impossible to work while being on chemotherapy, and I can only imagine what the women who cannot support themselves do in this kind of situation.
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