Jessica

"The most defining moment in my life was when I made the decision that I wasn’t going to let my cancer diagnosis beat me. I was going to kick its ass--that was all there was to it."

 
 
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"A GBW is a woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t let fear or doubt keep her from going after it.  It is a woman whose actions are for the greater good; whether for herself or others.  Knowing who you are and believing what you are capable of is empowering.  Not letting others tell you what you cannot do and showing them you can. Being confident in who you are and knowing that everyone has insecurities so you shouldn’t focus on your own or others. Don’t live your life by other people’s standards. Just be you."

"When I think of empowering women, I think of several women in my life... my mom especially.  She had me at 19 and that didn’t stop her from finishing college and becoming the success she is today.  Also, all of the women in my YSC (Young Survivor Coalition) group.  It’s a group of women who share one commonality.  They were all under the age of 40 when they were diagnosed with breast cancer.  These women are all shapes, sizes, colors and come from different backgrounds but all band together to show support for strangers who share things in common.  Some are worse off than others, but to sit, share and listen to what these individuals fear and what they are feeling in a completely open platform is very empowering."

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"I am thankful for everyone in my life and my health.  I am very fortunate. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was told that the treatments I needed to save my life might result in me never being able to have children {and that I just needed to accept that fact and get over it}. They were wrong!  I have a beautiful little girl who is amazing in every way. When I went to my doctor and saw my daughters little heart flutter on the ultrasound, I knew I could put the past in the past and move on- It was the most surreal moment. Five years ago,  I was living in Atlanta and had just finished chemo treatments for breast cancer and was starting radiation. Now, I spend my time playing with my daughter, reading, and embracing every single moment life has to offer.  However, I have developed a woodworking hobby and I am pretty decent at it. Also, I can clog (I’m much better after a few drinks)."