I am a wife, a mom of two amazing young adults, a sister, a daughter, a full-time program manager in the corporate world, an entrepreneur, a metastatic breast cancer thriver and advocate. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but Florida has been my home for the last 25 years. I have been living with MBC for 7 1/2 years. I was diagnosed at age 44, de novo, ER/PR+ and HER2-, mets to nodes and liver. I am still on my first line of treatment, hormone therapy, and have been NEAD for little over 6 years. My diagnosis was a complete surprise, but I chose early on in my journey to make it my life mission to give joy and to support others as they go through their MBC journey, to share my story and give hope to those that need it the most. Faith, family, friends and service to others are my pillars. I am a Project Life mentor, a Living Beyond Breast Cancer Hear My Voice alumna, a member of the MBC Alliance, a board member at large for METAvivor, a METAvivor Stage IV Stampede captain for the state of Florida and a consumer reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research Program. I am also the founding chair for the St. Petersburg, FL chapter of Ceridian Cares, a nonprofit that provides financial support to people in need.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Project Life is a virtual wellness house for those living with metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones; a survivorship platform strictly for MBC.Link to program
METAvivor’s Stage IV Stampede Captain for State of Florida
The Stage IV Stampede is part of a grassroots advocacy effort designed to raise attention to our issues with members of Congress. The Stampede brings together patients, caregivers, and supporters, including family members, friends, and those who have lost a loved one to MBC, to advocate for advancing Stage IV research and improving access to quality healthcare for individuals impacted by MBC.Link to program