In 2014, I was active and healthy before my breast cancer diagnosis. I had never been ill more than a common cold. I was over 40, an experienced entrepreneur, and a licensed life and health insurance professional, and had never smoked. I exercised and watched my weight. Doing all the right, healthy things. Certainly, the picture of health.
Then one day, I ran into an old friend. As someone I had not seen in a while, a young lady I had mentored long ago, she gave me a strong, heart-filled hug to show her appreciation. And although THAT hug was warm and well-received, it FELT different from any other hug I had EVER felt in the past. I felt pain and tenderness. "What is this?", I asked myself. I went home that evening, and discovered a golf-ball-sized lump in my right breast.
Inside this book, written myself and from my heart, you will follow my journey from a seemingly innocuous hug, to a devastating diagnosis and my personal struggle to come to terms with how quickly things had plummeted out of control and how determined I was to take my life back. My journey and the lessons I learned along the way inspired me to want to help others, and hopefully that includes you and your loved ones.
my journey to live
"My message is clear: make mammograms a priority, have these conversations with your sisters, aunts, mothers, friends and family. Make each other accountable and make sure that they all go get a mammogram."— Lynne Alston, Breast Cancer Survivor