Nearly all of these charming ladies are returning Survivor Artists who wanted to do a chair together honoring their “metastatic sisters.” We are so grateful to have Lindsey, Kristal, Meredith and Stacy returning, and we welcome Sherie to her first Rare Chair Affair! All of these women are members of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC). YSC focuses on the unique issues young women with breast cancer face. It provides comprehensive resources, support and education to address every phase of young women’s experience with breast cancer. Wisconsin has a face-to-face group that meets monthly and an online group that is active 24/7. To find out more about YSC visit www.youngsurvival.org.
I am married and the mother of seven year old twin boys. In May of this year, at age 35, I discovered a large lump while showering. Uneasy and concerned I scheduled a doctor appointment and was examined that day. In the weeks that followed, concerns grew and I had mammograms, ultrasounds, and eventually a biopsy. On May 27, 2015 I received the phone call confirming that I had breast cancer (Invasive Ductal Carsinoma Grade 2). I am triple-positive and have begun my treatment with chemotherapy. This year I will have surgery, radiation, and continue chemotherapy. Although I am in the beginning of my treatment and have a long way to go, I remain positive and my spirit strong.
I was diagnosed with stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in 2009 when I was 31 years old. At the time my children were 4 and 1. I had 16 rounds of chemo, multiple surgeries, and plenty of complications. I am happy to say that I am now more than 6 years cancer free!! I am so thankful for the support I have received from my friends and family. I have so very many friends that I never would have met if it weren’t for YSC and Team Phoenix, and I feel so lucky to have them in my life. Cancer has forever changed me, but it did not break me!!
I was diagnosed with Stage 2 in 2012 at the age of 35. Over the past three years I have had tremendous support from my husband, family and friends. Cancer taught me a lot of things, including life is short, to live every day with meaning and if you want to try something, do it! I give back to other young women by serving as the State Leader for the Young Survival Coalition. After almost three years I joined Team Phoenix and finished my first triathlon this year.
I was diagnosed with Stage 3 in 2008 when I was 38 years old. Everything moved so quickly, but I was blessed to have a supportive husband, family and friends. In 2014, after being cancer free for 5+ years, I joined Team Phoenix to be redefined as a survivor. I competed in my first Sprint Triathlon and continue to train and participate in as many events as my budget and time will allow.
In the early winter of 2011, at the age of 33, I discovered a lump in my right breast. At the time I was an Independent Contractor with zero medical insurance. I told myself it was a cyst and ignored it for the next 3 months. Finally in April, I forced myself to go to a free clinic and the cancer craziness began. I was diagnosed with Stage 3, had a lumpectomy, 4 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. Thanks to the generosity of charity organizations and state aid, I was able to go through the long road to recovery with no worries of financial debt. I was ready to begin life again. Then, In the summer of 2013, I began acting differently. I was pulling away from friends and family, not performing well at work and doing silly things like forgetting to wear my shoes to a restaurant. It got to a point when my family forced me to go to the emergency room, where they discovered that my breast cancer had metastasized to the brain. I had a surgery that fully removed the tumor and radiation to the area. It was another long recovery but today I feel amazing and have been cancer free for 2 years!!