TNBC Survivor, Professional Drummer, and Founder of Breast Cancer Can Stick It!
I remember that day – Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. – when I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. When I got the call, I was scared and alone, just me and my then 13 year old dog. I remember looking at my furry friend, Daisy, and thinking: “she could out-live me.” I scoured the internet looking for information about this “triple negative” form of breast cancer that I’d heard nothing of – some of the first things I found back then were alarming “…triple negative, considered one of the most incurable…” I was terrified. I kept searching the Internet until I found the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) served as an integral part of navigating the early days after my diagnosis. I was grateful for the information TNBCF provided to me during such a crucial time. I realized then that I was not alone; that I could survive. Later I would learn my triple negative breast cancer was found at one of the earliest stages possible. Stage one. After a double mastectomy, port install (suffering a punctured lung in the process) and four months of chemotherapy, my doctor declared me “CURED”.
Since the moment of my diagnosis, I felt the incredible urge to do something. As a professional drummer of many years, I came up with the slogan “Breast Cancer Can Stick It!” – a slogan whose logo features a tough chick with pink streaked hair behind a drum set. I started selling shirts – raising funds in the fight against breast cancer. Quickly, the slogan grew from simple t-shirts into a full-fledged nonprofit. In 2014, Breast Cancer Can Stick It! held an online Webcast fundraiser in honor of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day. Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day is a much-needed, unique day to focus the breast cancer fight on a rare, highly aggressive disease that requires special attention. The Webcast featured myself, my mother, and my “mentor” triple negative breast cancer sister, Erin. Erin was the FIRST women with TNBC I met after being diagnosed. We raised $2,000 in 2 hours with just some impromptu discussions and Q&A from Webcast attendees. We will continue to fight breast cancer through Breast Cancer Can Stick It! and will support the TNBC Day movement!
I’m honored and blessed to be a TNBC Day Champion with these other wonderful crusaders. On TNBC Day, my hope is that we garner attention, spread awareness and raise funds in this fight against TNBC! Together, we will make a difference!
Founder & Executive Director
Breast Cancer Can Stick It! Foundation, Inc.