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Breast Cancer Survivor Volunteer – Gloria

Gloria, a volunteer for the Survivors Helping Survivors program.
Gloria, a volunteer for the Survivors
Helping Survivors program.

I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, and still live in the area. I worked as an Administrative Assistant for many years before leaving the work force ten years ago. I love to read, write, work on the computer, volunteer, and cook. My husband and I enjoy travelling and we're looking forward to full time retirement soon.

I was 54 when I was diagnosed with Stage IIA breast cancer in the left breast. I had a lumpectomy and axillary node dissection. I underwent chemotherapy and radiation and took Tamoxafin for two years, switched to Aromasin for three years.

What helped me cope through my survivor journey the most were my faith, and the support and love of my husband, family, and friends.

Being a breast cancer survivor has taught me to enjoy the moment and live in the now. Take every opportunity to have fun and don't sweat the small stuff!

I volunteer because I love helping people and being a part of this wonderful group of women who work so hard in this fight against breast cancer. Volunteering in Imaging especially, and supporting ladies who are facing a possible diagnosis of cancer, is such a privilege. I love knowing that just my being there gives them comfort and support. I care about all of them very much and want them to know that.

One piece of advice I would give to a newly diagnosed woman would be to take one day at a time and try not to look too far down the road. You can do this! We are here to help, and you will not be alone!

 

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