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Breast Cancer Survivor Volunteer – Elizabeth (Liz)

Liz is a wife, mother, full time employee of the federal government and survivor volunteer in Breast Imaging. She was diagnosed at age 49 with stage 2 cancer and treated with bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and chemotherapy and hormone therapy.

What has helped me most on my survivor journey?
The support of other breast cancer survivors, exercising throughout my treatment which gave me energy and a sense of control, and my goal to become a survivor volunteer.

Advice I would offer to a newly diagnosed woman
Find support in others who have traveled the path before you, take it one step at a time, let others help you and have a goal for when treatment is completed.

Being a breast cancer survivor has changed me
I am more compassionate and caring. If I want to do something I enjoy, I do it- no more waiting until tomorrow or next year. I live in the moment.

 

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