October 31, 2019
We at Untangled are privileged to know the stories of 4 inspiring women who have survived or are still battling with Breast Cancer. We admire their courage to share their struggles and motivations to keep them going everyday.
Erin, 30 years old, from California is a dance / movement therapist. She felt the lump on her own, a stage 2 invasive dictator carcinoma. She was diagnosed in February, had her double mastectomy in April, started chemotherapy in June, and have been continuing the breast reconstruction process up until now.
She said that “Being a “wounded healer” means that I am able to translate my experience into a guide and resource to support clients in their own individual process through any particularly challenging experience. I can connect in a deeper way.”
Tiffany, 35 years old, from Georgia found out that she had breast cancer in 2010. She found a lump in her right breast while performing a self exam in the shower. She had it checked and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma stage 1. She was in remission for the next 8 years and had 2 lovely babies. This was the time she felt healthiest. But when her youngest turned 5 months old, the cancer came back. She is now living with metastatic breast cancer- cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
When asked what keeps her going everyday, she said “What drives me is being there for my girls and husband. Family is everything to me and I continue to fight everyday for them. They are my whole world. I’m so proud of my fight and my spirit. I know that God has something special in store for me. I will continue to fight and be strong in the grace that he has given me.”
Kara, 29 years old, from San Diego, found a small knot on her right chest during her self breast exam. She went to a specialist and was told that, at her age, the odds were that it was just a fatty, benign tumor. After three months, the tumor had tripled in size and got rock solid. They biopsied and confirmed cancer on May 21, 2019.
Spreading awareness is was drives her everyday. “A lot of cancer patients ask “why them.” For me, I never pitied myself for having cancer, but focused on how I could help others. It’s what I’m passionate about and what gets my wheels turning.”
When we asked her what she is most proud of, she said “I am proud of maintaining as much “normalcy” as possible during all of this. I haven’t stopped working or taking care of my house or family. There’s no doubt it’s been hard and sometimes wears me down too much, but it feels good knowing cancer has not won. It makes me feel like a real life SuperWoman.”
Tara, 49 years old, from Hawaii, found out she had cancer three years ago when she discovered a lump in her breast. She’s currently doing treatment for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and having great results.
She said “What drives me everyday is my love of life and this beautiful world we live in. The possibilities are endless if the mind is open to seeing them. I am most proud of my ability to wake up and face each day even amidst great challenges and adversity.”
Positivity really is a Super Power! For everyone who is struggling with health issues, please know that you have sisters here at Untangled. Continue sharing the love and inspiration to those who are coping. You are all loved!