Living my Breast Life - a testimony by Kristi Rokita [Smith]

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The words: “it’s going to be a long journey” stick with me every day. Little did I know it was a journey that was going to transform my life.

Being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the age of 28; finding out I was blessed enough that it was only stage one; going through many scans and surgeries; finding out that I have the BRCA1 gene, which was new information to our family; and completely transforming my body with a double mastectomy – has definitely been quiet a journey.

When I think back to that day, it seemed scary and daunting and something I thought I wouldn’t be able to overcome. Early detection, thanks to being aware of my body at all times, support from loved ones, a great medical team willing to move mountains for me, support from foundations like Helen Harder, and the connections I built with ladies from all walks of life – each having their own story to tell, encouraging and believing in me – all this has made this not just a long journey, but a complete transformation.

It has changed me, physically, mentally and spiritually from the inside out. I am who I am today, because of this journey that I have walked. But I haven’t taken a single step alone. I’ve had my breasties and brcasisters every step of the way.

Because together, we have got this!

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