Christine is a 37-year-old breast cancer survivor from Cary, North Carolina.

Southern Living Editors

Tell us about yourself.
Mom of two, Will (11) and Connor (9). Married to Matt for 13 years.  Love to shop, hunt for bargains, spend time at the beach, read, and volunteer for school and Komen for the Cure. 

When were you diagnosed?
July 2004 stage IV

How has cancer changed your outlook on life?
Being diagnosed with breast cancer has actually brought our family so many blessings of kindness, true friendship, and faith.  It has brought our family closer together and has given me more self-confidence and shown me how strong I really am!  It has also made me a more humble and compassionate person toward others.

What words of encouragement would you share with others with cancer?
Being diagnosed is such a scary ordeal, and there is a lot of information thrown at you all at once.  It’s very hard to process all of it and make big decisions about a treatment plan. My advice would be to try and slow down and understand ALL of the information and options you have—even if it means having a family member or friend help or listen for you.  Having ALL the knowledge and facts you can about your situation helps you feel more in control over your cancer. Fight hard and never lose hope.

Support this non-profit in honor of Christine: 
Susan G. Komen for a Cure North Carolina Triangle Affiliate,
Please support those battling breast cancer by donating.  

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