I am a wife, step-mom and 37-year-old police Sergeant for the City of Newburyport. My story begins on a quiet winter night in bed, when my dog stepped on my chest, leading me to find A lump that ultimately was determined to be Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I was seen at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I underwent chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, radiation, reconstruction and oral chemotherapy follow up. My family, friends and community rallied around me throughout treatment. I found Tough Warrior Princesses after looking up local cancer support groups. Despite having people to help me, I desperately wanted to connect with others who were experiencing what I was going through. TWP became my lifeline. Each time I saw a member of this group, I felt lighter. The load that cancer brings became easier to bare. With each event I attended, I found friends, community and love. Simply put, TWP restored part of me I thought I lost. It is my honor to serve on the board with such humble, dedicated and hard-working women. TWP has moved mountains myself and others, I only hope I can return the favor.
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