Program recipient, Cathy, shares what Simply Fight! means to her.
In June of 2012, I received a shocking diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer. At age 38, I had found the lump myself while breastfeeding our then 7 month-old daughter. Genetic testing showed I was BRCA 1 positive, so after months of aggressive chemo, a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries soon followed.
As a mother, the idea of fighting this cancer while trying to maintain some normalcy for our three children was incredibly daunting. Thankfully, during one of my chemo treatments, I heard of Pink Ribbon Girls from another breast cancer survivor. What a blessing!!! Because of their services, I could let go of housecleaning and meal preparation, and instead focus my limited energy on recovery and moments with people I love. What an incredible gift! Knowing our family would enjoy healthful food and our house would be clean gave me such comfort for which I will forever be grateful.It's my hope that Pink Ribbon Girls can continue to grow and thrive, so their services and support may be available to the growing number of people affected by breast cancer. I held onto the phrase "Simply Fight" throughout my treatments, and continue to be thankful for the opportunity to do that, provided by this amazing organization.