Last year, at @youngsurvivalcoalition 2016 Summit, in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of meeting breast cancer survivors, Tracie, Shiana and Melissa in person. I bumped into that same group of young women, this year in Oakland.
About 30 seconds prior to greeting the trio, I was informed that Melissa's cancer returned about two weeks ago, now having breast cancer in her lungs, thus making it StageIV. My heart broke into 1000 pieces, but I vowed not to cry. I tapped Melissa once I reached her table, she turned around and was so exited to see me! Melissa screamed then gave me the biggest, tightest, most sincere hug, before bursting into tears, while in my arms.
Instead of strictly focusing on the unfavorable news, we decided to PARTY! Shiana, is StageIV also, as she has breast cancer in her brain. As sad as it sounds, Shiana still had a reason to celebrate. Currently her cancer is only in the brain, but in the past she had cancer in numerous places throughout her body. She is now NED from the neck down.
When I entered their hotel room Shiana was in the bed sick, real sick! Once she heard that we were going out to party, she immediately jumped her cute ass up and got dressed. Made me smile to see her push through the pain to party with her friends, who she only sees once a year. Unfortunately, their roommate Keyah, passed away weeks after the 2016 summit, so the trio definitely knows how fragile life can be.
Life is short. #Celebrate ! ~ Madame President
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