Nice to Meet You

Nice to Meet You

Hi! For my first blog post, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I have lived in San Francisco, Wellington, New Zealand, and currently Portland, Oregon. I’m both indoorsy and outdoorsy - equally happy with a book and cup of tea or out hiking or snowshoeing. I found out I had breast cancer at 30 years old in the summer of 2019. My cancer doesn’t define me but it did change my life forever. I was diagnosed after feeling a lump in my breast and immediately plunged into a world of surgery, egg freezing, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. I am immensely grateful for the outstanding medical care I have received, however I also found myself fairly shocked at the lack of psychological and emotional support offered. As a natural worrier, I knew I was not going to get through this journey without that support and sought it out through a myriad of ways (a therapist, the support of friends & family, journaling, visualization, exercise, etc).  One of the biggest challenges of having cancer so young was also the feeling of isolation - I didn't know of anyone else my age with cancer and often people would relate to my diagnosis through much older women or grandparents. This blog is a way for me to share my journey and some of what helped me through this marathon of treatment in hopes that it can help others. I hope it will provide other young women with breast cancer (or any cancer) a place where you feel seen, understood, and less alone in your journey. 

Trekking the Kepler Track, South Island, New Zealand


Cover photo at the top of Avalanche Peak, South Island, New Zealand.

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