The Survivor Breast Cancer Challenge

Week 4 - The Survivor Breast Cancer Challenge

I'd like to dedicate this week to my medical team. Words cannot express my gratitude for each of you. Thank you for taking such great care and of me. The entire team showed me compassion, support, and, encouragement. All of you helped me find hope, confidence, and feelings I had never fully experienced.

Thank you Dr. Ferrara for making my emotional needs a priority and taking the time to explain the process to my family and I. 

Dr. Kuske, thank you for your detailed attention to my specific needs. Your care was extraordinary. 

I'd also like to thank Dr. Pierce for your reconstruction work. 

Doctors like you replace the Fear of Illness with Trust in Recovery. 


With Love and Gratitude,


Week 3 - The Survivor Breast Cancer Challenge

Thank you Breast Cancer The Survivor Challenge

They say your friends are a reflection of who you are. In my case my friends are the best reflection of who I am.

For week 3 of The Survivor Challenge I'd like to thank a group of friends for teaching me something new about myself as I battled cancer. Each of you were with me in every moment I was terrified and alone. I could hear your words of encouragement when my inner thoughts began to shake. I can never repay you for what you gave to me as I embarked on my battle to defeat cancer. The memories I have with you pulled me through some of the darkest moments of my life.

I am forever grateful for who you are and what you do. For you are designers, decorators, writers, event coordinators, health and wellness advocates, artists counselors but above all incredible human beings. I bow in gratitude for our relationship. Thank You Martha, Daffie, Narsey, Victorious, Queen B, Tweenks, Jon Jon, Kiethy, Jakie, Stevie, Jon San, D-Dub, Lady Lege and the Chaney family for stamping my life.  All of you are wonderful and it's truly a blessing to call you friends.

I love you and I want you to know that each of inspire me to give others the Hope you gave to me.

Week 2 - The Survivor Breast Cancer Challenge

This week I selected two ladies! They each have had a huge impact on my life day in and day out. They've always rooted me on through thick and thin and have grounded me when I needed it most. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer they fought through their tears and gave me the support and comfort I needed.

One of them is my mother Keiko, full of strength, positivity, determination and poise. After I received negative results from my second lumpectomy she came over, grabbed my hand, squeezed it with tears in her eyes and said "you're going to do it, so do it". That's my Okinawan mothers way of saying you're going to beat this,
so beat this. As if my mind, body and spirit didn't have a choice but to overcome this disease. That same day I spoke to a close friend of mine, we spoke about Mellisa Ethridge and nutrition. I told my mother about my thoughts of changing my diet and that same day she brought over a Nutra- Bullet and what seemed to be the local store entire section of fruits and vegetables.  She walked me through recipes, and prepped days worth of cut up fruits and veggies.  My mom also prepared special meals for me on the holidays so I wouldn't feel left out of the festivities. When my diet changed so did my families. My mother also  jumped in anywhere she could to provide comfort and care.  That's when I realized that when I was #fighting cancer, my family was fighting too.

Which leads me to my second caregiver, my niece Samantha. After my surgeries, she was always there. She would sleep near me when she could, she would make me laugh to boost my spirits and lend me her oversized comfy shirts when I needed something to wear.  My niece Samantha, is my ray of sunshine and joy. She brings light to any situation with her spunky personality. She was my lil shadow who followed me around growing up and became my best friend and caregiver through that experience. The tables had turned. I thank god everyday for having my family. We are a small bunch but we are mighty. I know by having my mom, sis, niece, nephew and step dad that I can get through anything that comes my way. Thank you Momma San and SamIAm for loving me and caring for me the way you do.


Week 1 - The Survivor Breast Cancer Challenge

The Survivor Challenge   

I'd like to take a moment to honor the caregivers and supporters that surrounded us when we need it most. Each week, I'll highlight a friend or family member that supported me and made my days just a little bit brighter and still do to this very day. I challenge you to do the same. Let's spread the love and appreciate our everyday angels. 

With that being said, I'd like to start off with my sister Lisa who happens to be a Registered Nurse. Prior to me having Breast Cancer she was my partner in crime, during my experience with the cancer, Lisa was by my side during the roller coaster of emotion that was filled with hope and despair. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She cried with me, she gave me strength, emotional support and hope. A great example is when she coached and encouraged me at my weakest. She was the one that unwrapped my bandages after my double mastectomy and told me what to expect at first glance because I couldn't dare look at myself out of fear. She took time off of work for all of my appointments but one and was there for all of my surgeries while continuing to be a mother, daughter, sister, friend, and employee. My sister is honestly the all time, all American wonder woman.

Lis, you and a "survivor sister" were the inspiration for this and that's why I'm forever grateful for you. You're selflessness and generosity that you give day in and day out is unmeasured. It's hasn't gone unnoticed. Thank you for being by my side and for most of all best friend and my hero.