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January 1, 2024

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The theme of A Calendar to Live By 2024 is to Write an Optimistic New Narrative. All 12 women who grace its pages have honest, inspiring stories written in their own words to share with readers -- as well as words of advice for other young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Read on to get to know more about Ms. January 2024.

Ms. January | Diagnosed at 30 (2018)

I am a wildflower. My roots are in Chicago, IL, full of strength, and support from my husband and cheer teams. I have experienced several seasons of change, as I have Stage IV Breast Cancer. However, my story is extremely unique due to my misdiagnosis. Originally, I was diagnosed with Stage III and treated entirely for a year and a half incorrectly until my cancer progressed. Then I had to experience all the seasons and changes all over again. Due to my misdiagnosis and near-death experiences, I am now on my fourth oncologist and medical care team. I nearly lost my life to a faulty port, and then a rare side effect of chemo. Thankfully, my support of Sunshine (aka Team Sunshine) my soulmate (husband), H4TG, and my incredible medical team of doctors have carried me through every storm I encounter. H4TG has been a lifesaver for me providing emotional and mental support throughout each challenge of Stage IV, and I have gained sisters that I never knew I needed. H4TG has also taught me support comes in many versions, and it can be a simple statement like “Hey, I am here for you”. In return for all the support I have been given, I support other warriors going through this diagnosis. Cancer has taught me to share my story, support other wildflowers, and continue to advocate for our hopeful community.




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