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Team Pink SWFL is supporting breast cancer sufferers and survivors

By Matthew

Thank you for the opportunity to share my recent story and how cancer changed my life to form a new non profit for SWFL."
I was 23 years old when I lost my mother to Breast Cancer. And at 44 on April 25th, 2016, my life was changed with my own diagnosis and surgery.

I was told I could have a lumpectomy with radiation or decide on the mastectomy. I have always believed in “saving the woman” not the boobies, so my decision was not really that difficult for me. The pathology report after the removal of the breast, indicated it was growing rapid within the breast and I would have had to have it removed anyway. So thankful I made the right choice at the beginning. It was not invasive, and I was extremely fortunate to have caught it early. Early detection is so very important and it saved me from going through so much more.

I had to have an outlet for things I didn't understand, feelings no one around me could relate too, and a place to put my anger. I was feeling guilt about my mother. And For years after her passing, I had volunteered a lot. I ran fundraisers. I walked the cancer walks. I supported others - I was passionate about the cause. I wanted a cure. And now I felt I had an even greater purpose.

Everyone’s story is different. My story is unique to me. And I know how very fortunate I am. I focus my negative emotions on giving back. I have to put that negative energy into something good. I want to support others going through this even more now. I had so many people step up to support me in so many ways. It was overwhelming. Cancer really did show me how much I was loved and cared for, and some people never get that eye opening chance to see it.

I know all too well how stressful it is to struggle financially while recovering from cancer, and I’m determined to help prevent others from the same.

A breast cancer diagnosis can destroy the financial health and well-being of the patient and their family. So to turn things around, I founded a new non for profit organization, Team Pink SWFL Inc., that will provide financial aid to help breast cancer patients & survivors meet basic needs and recovery. Helping them focus on healing.

Tragedy is an opportunity. Although I hope you never have to face a tragedy, my wish if you do, is that you find the positive and do something great with it regardless of how hard things may seem.

When life gives you the most bitter of lemons, I hope you make the sweetest pink lemonade.

http://www.teampinkswfl.org

Team Pink SWFL

Thank you for the opportunity to share my recent story and how cancer changed my life to form a new non profit for SWFL." I was 23 years old when I lost my mother to Breast Cancer. And at 44 on April 25th, 2016, my life was changed with my own diagnosis and surgery.

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