Name: Shauna Martin
Diagnosed At Age: 33
Status: In Remission/Survivor
Bio: Shauna Martin is CEO and founder of Daily Greens, a raw, cold-pressed green juice company based in Austin, Texas. Raised in Norman, Arkansas, Shauna moved to Texas to practice corporate law, after obtaining her BA from the University of Central Arkansas and her JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law. In 2005, Shauna was diagnosed with breast cancer. With a young family to care for, she turned to daily green juicing to recover from the trauma of multiple surgeries and the toxic effects of chemotherapy. After discovering its life-restoring power, she made it her mission to get a green juice into the hands of everyone that she can every day. She now accomplishes this through her Daily Greens, which are sold in Whole Foods and other specialty stores throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Shauna plans to take Daily Greens national by 2014. After 16 years practicing law, Shauna has now made Daily Greens her full-time gig. She is co-founder of the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls, a social network of young breast cancer survivors, and is a frequent speaker and chair of breast cancer fundraising awards. A portion of the sales of Daily Greens will be set aside to grant funding to additional support groups in other cities across the country. Today, Shauna lives in Austin, Texas, drinking her vegetables with her husband, Kirk, and their son, Cooper.
My reaction when I was first diagnosed: I will never forget the day my doctor uttered those horrifying words “I am sorry to tell you, but that is a cancer tumor that you have in your left breast.” I was 33 years old, and my life changed forever.
How I’m feeling now: I feel great. My life has taken several unexpected turns as a result of my breast cancer experience, and in so many ways my cancer was a blessing. It has allowed me to help other young women battling breast cancer, and now I can reach thousands of people looking for a healthier way of life through my company, Daily Greens.
My inspirations: All the fallen cowgirls who fought bravely, but have lost their battles with breast cancer. Here is a link to a tribute I wrote to my good friend Shannon Watson who sadly lost her battle three years ago.
My support system: My wonderful family, my 9-year-old son (he was 1 when I was diagnosed – see a blog posting about what it was like to battle breast cancer with a toddler), my very supportive husband, and my sister (also a survivor who went through treatment at the same time as me – see a blog posting about how much my sister means to me).
I’m proud of: The Pink Ribbon Cowgirls, a support group for young breast cancer survivors, operated by the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, which I co-founded eight years ago. Also, Art Bra Austin which I co-founded seven years ago and Daily Greens, which I launched last year to help spread the life-restoring power of daily green juicing, to promote healthy living, and to assist with the funding of support groups for young survivors. (A portion of sales from my company, Daily Greens, will be set aside to grant funding to support groups, similar to Pink Ribbon Cowgirls, developed in other cites across the country.)
I’m afraid of: I have learned to do something every day that I fear. Take a deep breath and just do it. Life is too short to have regrets over the things you were too afraid to try.
I’ve learned: To live in the present, but plan for a glorious future. I plan to live to see my son graduate from college and get married, and to grow old with my husband.
My advice to new patients: You are not alone! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are your best health advocate. Ask lots of questions and demand answers from your doctors.