My job is as a Computer Engineer at Intel Corporation
What are you passionate about?
I love video games, exercising to stay fit, and community service projects like park cleanups.
When were you diagnosed, and what was your diagnosis?
I was diagnosed with IDC Breast Cancer 2A in 2019. I developed Metastatic Breast Cancer with bone metastases in 2021.
What advice do you wish you had known and would give another woman that has this diagnosis?
Cancer patients should advocate for themselves! A good oncologist (or any other medical professional) will not mind if you get a second opinion (or three). Also, a good oncologist can provide resources for you to read if you want to know more about your diagnosis than they can relay in a fifteen-minute appointment.
What drew you to the Breast Cancer Patient Giveback photoshoot with Felicia Reed?
Mostly because it was no charge! But I also want to represent those with metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) is considered incurable with current medical treatments (as of 2022). It will eventually be terminal if the disease spreads to vital organs and stops the organs from working. The general population knows people with MBC, and many believe all breast cancer can be cured. But actually, about 30% of those with early-stage breast cancer progress, and about 6% of those diagnosed with MBC are diagnosed de novo. So, I will use any platform to spread awareness about MBC.
What was your experience working with her?
Felicia displayed a lot of passion and zeal for her work, which was contagious. I enjoyed watching her process when directing me to pose and adjusting the lighting. She seemed almost like a different person when in the zone. Photography is definitely her calling.
What advice would you give other women facing any adversity in their lives?
I think knowledge is power, and if you inform yourself about your situation, a least you will know your options — even if those options are awful.
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