I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and underwent a double mastectomy. I believe things happen for a reason and God only gives you what you can handle. After my diagnosis, I started working for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation and shortly afterwards started volunteering for Cancer Hope Network. Speaking with other survivors of this disease has helped me (as I have helped those I speak with on the phone) overcome the anxiety and fear that this disease can have on you. I enjoy my work with both foundations.
I asked my husband Paul one day, “where we would be without the diagnosis of breast cancer?” He looked at me and thought I was crazy, and said “whatever do you mean?” This disease has brought so many wonderful and loving and caring people into our lives. Survivors I have met through the work I do at both foundations, fundraising and participating in the Race for the Cure. Through Komen, I won my first eight dance lessons with Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Greenbrook, NJ. (The studio donated the voucher to a survivor at one of the Race for the Cure events, where my ticket was drawn.)
Today, eight years later, my husband and I have grown into an amazing competitive dance couple. We have participated in many dance competitions within the Arthur Murray Dance world and won many awards including Top Students and Top Amateur Couples.
My husband built a dance studio in our basement in our home, where we display the hundreds of awards, trophies, medals and pictures of our journey thru dance. In 2015, we became the Arthur Murray Amateur Closed Dance World Champions. It is an honor that will remain with us forever – and memory I will treasure just as long. This is the silver lining on this disease. Take what is given you and make the best of it. We love to ballroom dance and it has bought us to new heights.
Support Volunteer Nancy
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