Author: Veteran vs. Breast Cancer

  • Why the long break?

    Sometimes life happens and at some point you feel guilty and you try get back on track.  Since 2014, I’ve contributed still to volunteering with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN).  As I look back the one memory that I have of  someone, sweet Lillian Villarreal was an amazing woman who fought till […]

  • 2014 Lobby Day

    2014 Lobby Day

    This year it seemed as though I was better prepared for the 2014 ACS CAN Leadership Summit & Lobby Day.  Over 600 volunteers from districts and states attended more this year than ever before.  Leading up to Lobby Day I had the opportunity to share my story and what I’d hoped to accomplish while in […]

  • Exercising while in breast cancer treatments

    Exercising while in breast cancer treatments

    Physical activity during breast cancer treatment is recommended. According to a study at University of North Carolina only one in three women living with breast cancer are meeting the guidelines per week. I can remember during treatments there were days where I felt like there was no way I could muster up enough energy to […]

  • Making Life Easier for Moms

    Being a mother is one of the most rewarding and most difficult jobs there is. So imagine being a mom who is also battling cancer. When I was 29 and diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer, my first thoughts were how am I going to get through this and reassure my kids I would get […]

  • Lights of Hope now in full swing

    I need your help in doing something really big by August 2014. My goal is have to 15 luminaries sold and decorated in honor of your loved ones or your friends loved ones. Loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer or lost their lives due to cancer. Every year at the Relay races and […]

  • Speak Up

    I know that you are scared of bringing up those feelings when you were first diagnosed with breast cancer. As women of the military we are trained to be hard and withhold so much, but being afraid is a normal feeling after dealing with a traumatic event in your life. Sharing your story maybe can […]

  • Facing Breast Cancer

    As I recall that October in 2008, something was different about my breast.  I did what most women do, I ignored it, thinking it would just go away.  But the pain worsened, I only noticed it during morning PT (Physical Training).  I recently PCS’d from a stressful command, where I was too busy and always […]

  • Breast Cancer Screenings

    While on active duty, most women with no family history or prior history of breast cancer will only receive a breast exam from their primary care provider. In between annual physical appointments its vital to listen to your body and perform self-breast exams monthly before and after your period to notice changes, if any. Most […]