with Francie Perkins
January 17, 2020
Cancer doesn’t just affect the patient, it affects the entire family. Cancer has had a huge impact on my life, even though I have never had the disease myself. Dad was the first loved one to be diagnosed, it was on my 19th Birthday. He went in for emergency surgery and the surgeon came out and said he had only 6 months to live. Fast forward to today, many close family members, loved ones, dear friends have received the familiar cancer diagnosis, many of them at young ages. I felt helpless. I felt hopeless. I felt like cancer was ambushing my family. I was desperate for relief. For many years I suffered. I felt guilty for feeling bad, because I was not even the one with the disease. I wanted to stay as far away from cancer as I could. I only wanted to think of it when I absolutely had to ‚Äì when another family member was diagnosed. I rejected cancer, hated it, resisted it until my sweet mother lie dying from this awful disease. It was at that moment that I changed my mind. I decided to embrace my journey and all that cancer had taught me. This was part of MY life that I could not ignore any longer. It was not going away. I made the choice to turn my pain into purpose and to help others.
I am now dedicated to helping women who have been affected by a loved one’s cancer diagnosis. I help them navigate the difficult emotions and live their life to the fullest.