Dec 4, 2015 was the worst day of Dee’s perfect life. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the young age of 39.
"How could this happen to me? My life has always been perfect." she couldn’t help but wonder. Dee came from loving, supportive parents, married her best friend, and had a beautiful daughter 4 years ago. She had a 17-year career at JPMorgan Chase and was a self-made real estate investor at a very young age. She had thoughtfully mapped out each and every move in her life in order to get the results she wanted. Getting sick did not fit the plan!
Dee’s world careened from its path even further within a few weeks of her diagnosis when she learned that the cancer had metastasized to her bones. She spent the entire month of December confused and distraught. Dee’s husband, Aasheesh, encouraged her to take a positive approach. “People die tragically and unexpectedly every day. You never know what can happen at any time. But God has given you a chance. You can choose to fight this.” he challenged. Those words got her focused on a plan of attack. They chose chemotherapy, although not the textbook treatment for Stage IV. Dee’s journey exposed her to a world she never knew existed. She saw this terrible disease ruin the livelihood and take the lives of so many women as the median life expectancy is only 3 years. She also realized just how underfunded Stage 4 research was and if more isn’t done, the stats won’t get better. She dried her tears for good and decided to use this chance to help.
Dee’s now committed to spread her positivity to inspire other woman walking in her shoes and use her leadership and planning skills to fundraise for Stage 4, educate and increase awareness. Every birthday is a milestone for Stage 4 patients so Dee plans on using her birthday to host an annual fundraiser called MetaBash where all proceeds will go to METAvivor. Dee chose METAvivor as they are the only national organization that exclusively supports Stage 4 research that benefits patients living with metastatic breast cancer through a peer-reviewed grant process. 100% of every donation made to METAvivor goes directly to research..
Dee began aggressive chemotherapy in Jan 2016. After a few set-backs and hospitalizations, she completed treatment and eventually rebounded to her old self and returned to work and her busy life. In December 2016, she had a bilateral mastectomy and is currently undergoing radiation. Her journey isn’t over but she’s convinced it will be a positive one!
“How can this happen to me?” she now knows the answer and understands why this important job is on HER agenda!
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6-10 PM
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