Deborah was diagnosed in 2000 on her 38th birthday. She is married and has three stepchildren and is about to become a grandma for the first time. Her mother passed away at 49 from breast cancer and her father died of brain cancer at 45. Deborah’s younger sister is 46 and is a survivor of both ovarian and colon cancer. Cancer is hereditary in their family and it has taken its toll. Deborah is happy to say that this year she turned 50 years old and is the first member in her immediate family to reach that milestone. No one has made it past age 49. Deborah has become a mentor with ABCD and now helps other women navigate their journey through breast cancer.
The design of her piece is a place she finds peace and rest. She had not traveled much before her diagnosis but decided to change that in recent years. Deborah and her husband’s first trip was a cruise to the Caribbean, which ignited their appetite for adventure. The birds, the trees, and sea breeze were all so beautiful. They continue to travel, and refer to their trips as adventures – just as they should!