I am a mother of two amazing daughters, ages 13 and 18, who are as passionate
about dancing as I am. My other passion is teaching. As a teacher, I have
the privilege of empowering children to shape the future and share the
joy of making a positive impact on their lives. Reading, travel, and exercise
are also things I love (did I mention I love to dance?).
Three summers ago, my life took a turn. I was at home with my family on
a warm, sunny day.
August had rushed in, and the new school year was on the horizon. As a
teacher, I generally scheduled all medical tests during the summer for
convenience. I told the girls I had a quick test to be done before we
were back in the full,
busy swing of another year. My words, “I’ll be right back,”
are still a memory. My mammogram was scheduled for 3:45 that afternoon.
It was not the quick visit I’d hoped for. Instead, a follow-up ultrasound
was done and a few minutes later, a biopsy. It happened so quickly that
I was in shock. I was 45 years old, and there was no history of breast
cancer in my family. The very next day, my diagnosis was confirmed, and
my cancer journey began. Along the way, I had a double mastectomy, and
later, a seven-week course of radiation therapy.
Some of the most beautiful things in life come from unexpected scenarios.
I chose the butterfly as the theme for my chair because it is a great
metaphor for change, adaptation and growth.
“A butterfly symbolizes acceptance of each new phase in life. To
keep faith as everything around you changes.” -
Message to Other Women:
Get your annual mammograms. Mine saved my life. Do self-exams. Ask questions.
Lean on family and friends for support and encouragement. I have always
been a cheerleader for my friends and was not accustomed to asking for
help. I was not comfortable with this role reversal; however, it has been
an important part of my journey. I learned to ask for help and guidance
when I needed it, and I hope you will as well.
Michael Kors at The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410