Kate is a 29-year-old breast cancer survivor from Birmingham, Alabama.
Tell us about yourself.
I am married to a wonderful and supportive man, Wes. We are both attorneys and do not have any kids yet.
When were you diagnosed?
February 2009 at the age of 27. I underwent a lumpectomy, fertility preservation, eight rounds of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a year of Herceptin.
How has cancer changed your outlook on life?
I have become much more interested in being healthy. Before cancer, I assumed you had a free pass to eat what you want and skimp on sleep. After cancer, I really try to take care of myself.
What words of encouragement would you share with others with cancer?
Surround yourself with family and friends. Do not try to shoulder this burden alone. And most importantly, with all the information you will learn and the various treatments you may have to undergo, just take it all one day at a time. You will be surprised at how quickly you make it through.
Support these non-profits in honor of Kate:
North Central Alabama affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, komenncalabama.org
Breast Cancer Research Foundation, bcrfa.org
*I also tell young survivors about Young Survival Coalition (youngsurvival.org) and Fertile Hope (fertilehope.org), which provides young chemo patients with funding for in vitro fertilization to preserve their fertility.
Please support those battling breast cancer by donating.