Eliza – Cedar Hills, UT

April 2019

Eliza was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer at 35. We love how she finds beauty in the little things in life and carries a smile wherever she goes. The scarf she sent back to us now carries that first story and her own!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with cancer.

I love flamingos and iguanas.

What brought you hope as you faced cancer?

That even though this is a really crappy thing to have, it is another way I can help people though my experiences.

How do you live life over cancer?

I like to look for the little things in live to be grateful for. I like to look at the world around me and find something beautiful that maybe I did not notice the day before.

How did you become connected with Hope Scarves? 

I was sent a Hope Scarf. I am not sure how the scarf is picked to be sent to each person, but the one that was sent to me was meant to come to me! Tears started to flow from the minute I read the letter. She was the same age as I was when I was diagnosed with the same cancer. I could not help but feel like that was not chance. To read her message of hope as I was just at the start of my treatment, was amazing. I cannot even put it into words how much it meant to me. I felt like she reached out and gave me a hug of hope.

What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?

That you are not alone and something so simple as a scarf can bring so much comfort. Share your story and your scarf and you will help so many! Take the few minutes it takes to write your story.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to someone facing cancer?

It will make such a huge difference to any person you are supporting. Every time I put that scarf on, I could feel the love of a survivor.

What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?

I want to take my family on more adventures and share with them the amazing wonders that are out there no matter if they are big or small. I want to help them appreciate life to the fullest.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”

If your friends or family describe you in a couple of words, what would they say?

I am very outgoing and optimistic. I always have a smile on my face.

Please share something you learned facing cancer.

You are strong enough. You may have days where do you not think so, but you are!