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Finding Hope and Healing: Mindy’s Journey Through Breast Cancer

Meet Mindy, an emotional contributor at Learn Look Locate, who bravely shares her breast cancer journey to inspire and support others. Diagnosed with triple positive stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma at 29, Mindy turned her battle into a beacon of hope for many facing similar challenges. Join us as we delve into her story, filled with resilience, healing, the pursuit of joy after cancer, and connecting survivors worldwide.

The Diagnosis That Changed Everything

I was diagnosed in early 2016 with breast cancer (triple positive stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma), already in one lymph node at diagnosis. I was 29 and a competitive runner at the time.

Relating with those around me suddenly became out of reach. Many friends were getting married and having babies, yet there I was in treatment for cancer, the visions my then-fiancé (now husband) and I had for our future blurred beyond recognition.

Navigating Life’s Unexpected Turns

So I began to carve out this little space where I have been sharing my story and my reflections for a number of years now!

As difficult as it can be to revisit these difficult life events, I’ve found writing helps me to process and let my emotions flow through, out, and around instead of pooling in my heart.

Life Beyond Cancer

I no longer have cancer, as far as we know. I completed my 5 years of post-active treatment endocrine therapies in 2021 and my husband and I are hopeful to be able to begin our family soon, but in the meantime, we have loved growing and nurturing the many sweet little babes on our farm here in Missouri!

Professional Journey and Passion

I am a speech-language pathologist and I am in my 12th year of practice.

My passion to continue to share my story to the newly diagnosed and those who will be diagnosed in 2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 years—the men and women who find themselves dramatically removed from the lives they know, thrust into the frightening and often isolating world of cancer and it’s after-effects.

A Space of Comfort and Understanding with Learn Look Locate

In her cherished space, Mindy dreams of creating a soft landing for those affected by breast cancer. Through Learn Look Locate, she extends her reach, embodying the power of shared experiences and the beauty of connection. Check out letters from Mindy as she shares about her journey in details. Mindy’s journey is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability and the healing power of community.

Thank you for being here, in a space where every story matters, and every voice brings us closer to understanding, healing, and hope.