In 2015, my life was starting to come together! My boyfriend & I moved into our first house, later that year we got engaged at my favorite artists Mariah Carey Christmas show, and in 2015 I quit my job to build a non-profit to help individuals with intellectual disabilities become included in their communities.
The only thing I was struggling with was the reality I was turning 30 on Jan. 19th 2016. In February my life crashed. I felt a lump in my left breast. After a biopsy, I got a call, all I remember is sinking in my seat crying, & noticing my fiancé crying too. I hoped to just survive a double mastectomy. NOPE! While recovering I had terrible pain in my side and took a trip to the ER. GUESS AGAIN, you are now upgraded to stage 4, non-curable metastatic breast cancer.(I guess not all upgrades are good)
After I heard the news, my fiancé asked what I wanted to do. I said "All I want to do is marry you" He said lets get married next week. My family & friends rallied to organize a small dream wedding in just 6 days! Thank God we did because my collar bone fractured on our honeymoon & after I learned that cancer had destroyed that bone, my hip & liver.
Metastatic breast cancer is considered rare in young women my age (always knew I was special) I started off scared to turn 30 now I hope to see 40.
Through every happy, heartbreaking and important moments in my life their was Mariah Carey playing in the background. Her voice has the power to lift me up in the darkest times. Her song "You can't take that away" has always helped me remind myself that even when life tries to bring me down, no one (not even cancer) can take the light inside me away. When I get reminded that my cancer is non curable, or sad my long hair is gone, I think of that light. I might not beat breast cancer in the end but I sure can live brightly while battling it!