How did you end up where you are now in terms of your job, or whatever passion project it is you might be doing? I am in the beginning phases of developing a presence online where women can connect, become more informed and be inspired by each other while living with and healing from breast cancer. This stemmed from my own personal struggles with breast cancer over the last three years. I want to create what I had a hard time finding. I believe it’s vital to the healing process that we have easier access to information, shared experiences and positive outcomes to help get through this diagnosis. For more details on my personal story, see below.
- Get your imaging done, don’t skip a visit.
- Understand your breast health.
- Do the personal development work it takes to learn how to listen to your body so you can be prepared for situations in life like this one.
- Make sure to do your own research so you can be your best advocate.
- Insist on doing what feels right to you.
What 3 things do you keep on you nightstand? OR What 3 things are in your car at all times? Nightstand: Current book of choice – Right now it’s “How to Starve Cancer (without starving yourself)”, Bedside Lamp (with dimmer), Water, iPhone – although I try to remember to put that else where at night.
Car: my son, water, phone!
What’s your favorite app right now- for you- and for your kids? Marco polo to keep in touch with friends/family and dropbox because it stores all of my memories. Unfortunately for my son, I’m still old fashioned when it comes to letting my son on the phone so he doesn’t have a go-to app, although he did start begging me to let him have a kids youtube account.
What is one food you could not live without? I am a foodie, so it’s hard for me to pick just ONE! However, I’ll go with AVOCADO! I eat it every day – at least twice a day.
What are you most excited about in life right now? I am most excited about the connections I’ve made during this process and the ideas that I want to implement that will make a difference in other women’s lives.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I used to be a singer/actress/dancer – a long, long time ago. Recently, I’ve been daydreaming about finding some people in town to sing/play with. Is there School of Rock for adults?
If you weren’t doing what you are today, what do you think your career path might have been? Looking back, I know my dream career would have been singer/songwriter. I am also a true multi-passionate with an insatiable entrepreneurial spirit so there are an overwhelming amount of things that I would love to have pursued.
If you had 24 hours to do whatever you wanted to do, what would it be? Wow, what an amazing scenario to think about, especially after feeling so confined from COVID and my recent surgeries. If I could also have superpowers during this 24-hour period, I’d begin by watching the sunrise in the Florida Keys and end it watching the sunset in San Diego. And in between, I’d spend hours at an outdoor concert with all of my friends and family listening to great music, eating delicious food, and making each other laugh. I would also travel the world and go to some of the magical places on my to visit list. Oh, and I would meditate with the Dalai Lama! I could go on and on – this is really fun to think about!
What is your most marked characteristic? My most marked characteristics are being intuitive and thinking outside the box.
What was your most memorable family vacation and why? Right after I became aware that I was going to have to have surgery and before the Pandemic hit, we took an amazing trip to Iceland. It was SO beautiful it took my breath away. It was the first time we went on an adventure together as a family. We went to the hot springs, went on a hovercraft, climbed through glacier mountains, rode on Icelandic horses, and drove around in buggies on the snow-covered mountains, it was incredible. Unforgettable! I’d really like to go back again.
What is the best white lie you have told your son? Recently I told him I had a present for him in his room and when he went in he found his Nana hiding in his bed. We had kept it a secret for a few weeks (we slipped a few times, but luckily he didn’t catch on). It was amazing to see his face when he realized it was her!
Are you a morning person, or a night owl? How does sleep fit into your life right now? Sleep is elusive to me. I’m an insomniac, so I vary between being a morning person and a night owl.
What thing has surprised you most about being in the suburbs? I was surprised that it took me five years to get used to living in the suburb. I really missed living in NYC. At around the 5 year mark, I began to really embrace suburbia and now I really love It. I was also very surprised that every time something needs repair in your home it always seems to cost $5,000.
What is the first thing you do when you walk in the door after a long day? Take my shoes off and hug my son and my husband.
What is one thing you can’t leave home without? That darn phone!
Who in your life was – or is – the greatest inspiration for what you’re doing today? Definitely my husband and my son. They are my reason for everything.
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