Day 12: Jeanne Kennedy was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2009 and is an eight year survivor! A donation was made in her honor by Meeghan O’Donnell to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Hearing the words, “You have cancer”, is like getting punched in the stomach. The wind gets knocked out of you, it shakes you to your core, and for awhile it leaves you dazed. Once the realization has set in and your life becomes a focus of getting through day to day, a newfound strength can emerge. So it has been for Jeanne Kennedy. In her own words:
I would say that cancer rocked my world but ended up being the impetus for a much happier and more fulfilled self! I am the happiest ever and so healthy and grateful for the learnings that came from the process. It took time, but I am actually grateful for the opportunity to see life more clearly and be more brave!
She would not even have the opportunity to reflect on this had it not been for the cutting edge treatment available to breast cancer patients. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to funding researchers who have a singular purpose in helping women like Jeanne, survive, find out they were stronger than they thought, and make good use of a second chance..