1. How did you become connected with Hope Scarves?
I met Lara at the C4YW conference in 2012 in New Orleans. My dear friend, a fellow survivor, met the ladies first and she was so excited she came over and said you have to meet them and fill out your story and send your scarves. We all started talking to the ladies and I was so inspired by the mission and vision of the organization that I filled out my story right away and took home my “HOPE” plaque that still hangs in my office.
2. If you donated a scarf please share what this experience meant to you or if you received a scarf and story please share how this impacted your healing journey?
Upon arriving home from the conference, I packed up my scarves and sent them all to Hope Scarves the next day. It felt like this was the next step in my journey and it helped me to move further down the path. I hardly wore my scarves because in my mind it really meant I was in treatment and cancer was really happening.
3. What are the things that provided hope and strength to you throughout your battle?
My son was 2 years old when I was diagnosed and he was the one that I fought for. I wanted to do everything to be here for him. My parents, husband and friends were cheering me along and right by my side the entire journey and they still have not left me.
4. Where are you currently on your cancer journey? Tell us how you are living life over cancer.
On April 13, I will be celebrating my 5 year “cancerversary” and at the end of the summer a dream that I have had since the day I was diagnosed will come true, we will be welcoming twins.
5. What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?
I wish everyone knew that Hope Scarves is there to provide hope and encouragement and as a scarf donor, the words that you write and the story that you share provides someone with more than just a scarf.
6. What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to a friend battling cancer?
I would tell them to pick a scarf that reminds them of their friend and write a note with it so they know they are not alone and provide them with encouragement during their journey.
7. What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?
One of my goals is to continue making sure that no young women faces breast cancer alone and they are connected to the services and supports needed during their journey and I dream of a world without any cancer.
8. What is your favorite inspirational quote or words to live by?
When life gives you lemons, make pink lemonade!
9. If your friends or family had to describe you in two words, what would those be?
Hopeful and determined
10. Please share something you learned having gone through cancer – either as a survivor or as having a loved one with cancer.
I have learned what truly matters to me in life and the rest is just noise. Focus on the positive and leave the negative behind.