My breast cancer diagnosis came in September , 2012 at the age of 42. As a widowed mother of two teenage sons, I knew there was only one way to face this...head on! I am a positive, strong-willed person with an amazing support system comprised of friends, family, faith, and a "dream team" of professionals. I chose a bilateral mastectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy, and multiple reconstruction surgeries at the end.
This has been an amazing journey filled with incredible experiences and wonderful new people who have come into my life. As an avid outdoor girl, I have nejoyed many "Side Hikes" since July of 2012 with my fantastic friend. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Pictured Rocks, and July 2015, hiking Rim-to-Rim of the Grand Canyon. With a positive attitude, intense focus and drive, help from my friends and family, incredible doctors, and a wonderful physical therapist, I am healthier and wealthier than ever in people, experiences, and memories! Looking forward to all the experiences still left to do on my Life List.
The experience as a model opened my eyes to all the wonderfuly pieces that a place like Gilda's has to offer. A tremendously supportive, fun-loving camaraderie is ever present while spending time with everyone involved. Add a zest for life, an appreciation for what truly matters, an abundance of gratitude, and you have a powerful place in Gilda's!