Cindy Robak

Cindy Robak

Career:
Special Education Teacher (MPS)

My Reason For Participating:
“The project itself is an expression of me in that by recycling something old I was able to create a functional and whimsical object. It has been a joy for me to use my creativity to help the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition. If breast cancer has changed my life in any way, it has simply made me love and appreciate every day more than I could have ever imagined.”

My Story:
My name is Cindy. I am the mother of two grown daughters, one of whom will soon be having a baby – in reference to myself; I prefer not to use the “G-word” if you please.

I have been a special education teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools for seventeen years. I live in a charming 110-year-old house on the east side with two perfect cats and no mice. I love to cook and bake, but consider myself a master of the art of relaxation and enjoy it in its truest form-my backyard hammock with a good book. About three years ago I also “dabbled” in breast cancer, but really did not enjoy it much. I hope I never have to revisit this disease again. Cancer is the last thing I want to become an expert in.

I really didn’t care for how asymmetrical I became after the surgery, so took it upon myself to even the playing field. My friends used to call me “lefty”, now it’s “washboard”.

“Breast cancer” is something my older relatives used to whisper, I’ll say it out loud if it will help find a cure…”BREAST CANCER!”

If breast cancer has changed my life in any way, it has simply made me love and appreciate every day more than I could have ever imagined. I only hope that my children and their children, and everyone’s children will never have to learn this the hard way, like I did. Life is meant for things like relaxing in your backyard hammock with a good book, and enjoying your children’s children – otherwise known as grandchildren.