Tina Van Handel

Tina Van Handel

Tina was diagnosed at the age of 39. She attended the 2013 Rare Chair Affair as her treatments were coming to an end and found it a “welcoming and wonderful experience”. She says “It just feels like the right time for me to share my story and maybe contribute something to other finding themselves where I was a few years ago.” Since her diagnosis, Tina tries very hard to focus on the future—to “look ahead and never look back”—while acknowledging how terrifying the thought of a recurrence and metastasis is. Despite that fear, she focuses on her children and family. “I would like to think I have shown my daughters how to overcome something bad with sheer determination and strength and faith in God.”