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INSPIRATION

by Joan Gosser
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I will never forget the experience of sitting with Dr. Waisman as he explained to me that I had metastatic breast cancer. It was February 2006, which now seems like a world away. I was 39 years old with a wonderful husband and a 16-month old son by my side. I think we were shocked that day in a way that reset our lives.

On this journey there are very challenging moments, both for me and those along the ride with me, but all in all the good times have far surpassed the bad. I have never felt like a fighter, a warrior or even a survivor. I feel “cancer blessed.”

My life is now filled with people who show me their love and support everyday. People say that I inspire them but in reality it is they who inspire me. My girlfriend’s children (Caroline-8, and Will-10) came to me with $38.75 after they had rallied their friends to sell lemonade to “cure Joan’s cancer.” Does it get any better than that? I am able to see people “paying it forward”, which encourages me to do the same. I wish everyone could experience the blessed side of this struggle without having to endure the cancer.

I am fortunate and blessed to be living an active life with limited effects from this disease. With the love and support of my fabulous husband and son, my family, my friends and my medical crew at Breastlink I know that I have a great shot of being the miracle.

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