Name: Roxanne Martinez
Diagnosed At Age: 30
Status: NED Cancer-free
Bio: After conquering breast cancer while pregnant, Roxanne is now loving life as a mom to two toddlers and living her dream as a marketing consultant. Now cancer-free, Roxanne is a breast health community educator and patient advocate through her own community organization, Team Roxy. Her survivor story has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope and Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey. She will commemorate her 3-year cancerversary this fall by participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in Dallas. Roxanne resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and children. She’s also a proud Florida Gator and avid football fan. Roxanne blogs about breast cancer and life at:http://serenityinspired.
My reaction when I was first diagnosed: Shocked. Devastated and in disbelief. With no history of breast cancer in my family and at the age of 30, it felt completely unreal that this could be happening to me.
How I’m feeling now: Overwhelmingly grateful. Although my journey with breast cancer has been a bit bumpy, so much greatness has come out of it. I can’t help but be thankful for life, cherishing my loved ones and following my dreams every single day. Even with the challenges that breast cancer has presented, I’ve accepted it as a pathway to peace and finding Serenity.
My inspirations: My daughter’s resilience, other cancer survivors and my many Team Roxy supporters keep me going strong and inspired me through my battle.
My support system: A loving husband, close family and friends, Lambda Theta Alpha sorority sisters, fellow breast cancer survivors and a nationwide team of Team Roxy supporters.
I’m proud of: My body, my journey and the legacy that I will someday leave behind.
I’m afraid of: Other than the occasional spider, nothing scares me anymore. Breast cancer taught me to be fearless.
I’ve learned: Through my journey with breast cancer, I learned how strong I really am and how awesome life can be. Breast cancer taught me how to truly live. I also learned how much I can impact others through my journey. As a result, I share my story of hope, help educate others and support newly diagnosed women through my community organization, Team Roxy.
My advice to new patients: Attitude is everything. Keep a positive perspective. Take it one day at a time. Seek support from others. Believe in miracles. Never give up…and go kick cancer’s ass!