This book chronicles many cases of adversity that I have been faced with over the course of my life, with a primary focus on my struggles and triumphs through a difficult late stage ovarian cancer diagnosis at age 39. I lost my sister when I was 22 years old and my father unexpectedly when I was 30. Through all of this I continue to “survive and advance” and seek to provide a positive outlook despite a diagnosis that promotes a grim 20%, 10 year survival rate. Ultimately, through my journey as a long-time athlete I have learned relentless grit and determination combined with discipline and a warrior’s mindset that has helped me persevere the last 3.5 years since diagnosis.
At the end of the day, I am not a celebrity or any different than anyone else, but I am here to share my story of overcoming devastating odds with the hopes of seeing my children grow up.