Let’s Share Triumph!

Share Triumph is a website & community that shares YOUR cancer triumphs – some big, some small.

? We celebrate cancer survivors at any stage & of any type. ?

This site is a place to showcase the small steps that lead us on our path back to joy.

Rock on, my friends! ?

Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: Healing in Heels
Name: Yoko Katz
Town: Westchester County, New York
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; ER+, PR+, HER2+ (“triple positive”)
Age at diagnosis: 36
Age now: 41

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was married, and our son was 8 years old. I was a Ph.D student in economics; I was writing my dissertation on industrial organization of the fashion industry. It was almost done, and I was working as an adjunct lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I was teaching three courses per semester.
At the time, I considered myself one of the healthiest people in the neighborhood. I ran regularly— five, six times a week, 20 to 40 minutes a run. I grew my own vegetables during the summer, totally organic. I went to a farmer’s market when possible. I bought organic food. And I was juicing every single day in the morning, with kale, apples, orange, lemon, and some other vegetables. I had no family history of breast cancer.
One day in the shower, I found a lump. I thought it might be related to my period. I didn’t pay too much attention, because I considered myself a very healthy person. I let it sit for another couple weeks, but I still felt it. It wasn’t really changing, even though I had had my period.
So I started thinking, Oh. Maybe it’s something. I don’t know. I asked my husband if he could feel it. And he said, “Yeah. There is something.” It was about the size of a large pea. My husband said I should check it out, but I still let it sit. That’s how much I didn’t feel that I had cancer...

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Share Triumph Story Submission!

Name: Jo-Ann Christina
From: Philadelphia, PA
Cancer Type: AML- acute myeloid leukemia; remission from allogenic stem cell transplant

I decided in 2012 to go back to school and complete my dream of getting my bachelor’s degree. I went back part-time to a community college in southwest Florida. I thought that would be the end of it, but I was doing very well and felt like I was on a roll. By the grace of God, I was invited to visit a prestigious university in Philadelphia. I took a leap of faith and went to visit the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2014. To make a long story short, I was not only accepted to the university in 2015, but I received an academic scholarship. I began to call it my “Life’s Do-Over.”

More of Jo-Ann Christina's story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/741895156496587

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Share Triumph Story Submission!

Name: Margarita Lia
From: Makati, Metro Manila
Cancer Type: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma - diagnosed at age 43

I was laying in bed, reading with my 10 year old daughter with my right hand behind my head.
An itch in my armpit led my left hand to graze the area under my breast. Hmmm, “What is that?”

More of Margarita Lia's story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/725362838149819

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N
Title: How We Talk About Cancer Matters
Name: Emily Garnett
Town: Mount Kisco, New York
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 4; ER+; invasive ductal carcinoma with metastases to bones, brain, liver, and lung
Age at diagnosis: 32
Age now: 34
As I sit down to edit this essay created from my interview, I realize that it has been a full year since these words took life. An entire year of living with metastatic breast cancer, an entire year of change and growth, and an entire year that has brought me closer to my eventual death. I want to use these words, both then and now, to recognize the shifts that took place, in language, advocacy, and understanding of my life with metastatic breast cancer.
More of Emily’s story on Share Triumph’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/694681554551281
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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Name: Tiffany Dyba
Town: New York, New York
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 1; invasive ductal carcinoma
Age at diagnosis: 35
Age now: 37
When I think about how much my life has changed recently, the story starts a year before my cancer diagnosis. In January 2017, I got a big promotion at work. Instead of being happy with what I had worked for years to achieve, I sobbed on the train home and then on my 10-minute walk to my apartment in Astoria, Queens. To the friends I had grown up with in Ohio, I was living the dream: working in Manhattan, leading the recruitment team at Burberry after years at Tiffany & Co. I love fashion—but after working in jobs related to it for 15 years, I felt like I had turned into someone who was constantly keeping up with the Joneses. I was starting to feel like my outside didn’t match my inside.

More of Tiffany’s story on Share Triumph’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/659331624752941

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

The World’s First Farewell to the Rectum Party
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Name: Pat Bodenhamer
Town: Paragould, Arkansas
Diagnosis: Colorectal cancer
Age at diagnosis: 38
Age now: 46
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I am an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. At the time of my diagnosis, I was serving two small churches in North Arkansas, in Diamond City and Omaha. I had been their pastor for about three years. Both churches were mostly elderly people in their retirement. We were having a great time loving God together. I was single and living alone. My mom, my dad, and all my relatives all lived in Mountain Home, Arkansas, about an hour away...

More of Pat's story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://tinyurl.com/y2uo5ojx

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: Blogging with Vulnerability, Accepting Support
Name: Shelly Vaughn
Town: Munroe Falls, Ohio
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 2
Age at diagnosis: 36
Age now: 39

I ’m not naïve about the world of cancer. I’ve lost friends and family to the disease. My mom has stage 4 breast cancer. I always knew there was a chance I’d be diagnosed, but I never dreamt it would be so soon in life.
I was living my life as a wife and mother, with two lovely girls who were 7 and 9 years old. I was working full-time as a speech-language pathologist and playing volleyball a few times a month. I would say I had a very fun, active lifestyle. Our family was always out doing things—hiking, kayaking, biking, going to museums and festivals. The girls were busy taking dance classes, cheerleading lessons, and piano lessons. I had always been a very healthy person. But there was no denying the lump I felt on my own one day....

More of Shelly's story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/610784082941029

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I'm honored that my interview on OneToughb kicks off Season 3 for this excellent storytelling podcast.

"We really thrive on each others' positivity, and when we listen, we grow."

Take a listen: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDjQWBBA8i7/
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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N
Title: Stand-up Comedy to Release the Rage
Name: Emily Strong
Town: Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 3; ER+, PR+, HER2+ (“triple positive”)
Age at diagnosis: 33
Age now: 37
When I was diagnosed, I was on the tail end of “babyland.” I’d had my daughter 19 months prior and was starting to get my body back and feeling good. At work, I had taken on a new and challenging role. I was getting sleep! Our little family was healthy and growing...or so I thought. What I didn’t know was that I had been growing something else—a whole lotta breast cancer.
The doctor who told me “You definitely have cancer,” in the most cavalier manner during an ultrasound, was not sympathetic in any way. He struck me as a kind of hair-plugged, Ferrari-driving, hotshot kind of guy. As I lay sobbing on the exam table, he patted me awkwardly on my naked shoulder and mumbled a robotic, “It’ll be OK. We’ll take good care of you.” It was a surreal experience, and I felt lost and out of control.
All the steps and appointments leading to this moment should have been clear signs that something was wrong. I feel foolish now not to have caught the level of concern from my primary-care doctor and the urgency with which she scheduled my mammogram. I went in one day from mammogram to ultrasound to biopsy. I woke up that day thinking, What if?...

More of Emily's Story on Share Triumph's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/575933453092759

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: A Self-Authored Approach to Healing
Name: Ali Marie Shapiro
Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Age at diagnosis: 13
Age now: 40

Even though I was diagnosed 26 years ago, I still vividly remember my emotional state at the time. It doesn’t leave you, however long it’s been. I was coming to the end of my seventh-grade year, and I wanted to get in shape for a middle-school dance. It seems so innocent now. My dad had this thing called the NordicTrack. In Pittsburgh, the weather is good for three days a year, so you have indoor exercise equipment. I was trying to get my heart rate up, and I took my pulse in my collarbone area, which is where I thought your pulse was. That’s how much I knew about my body. I found a lump there. My dad took me to the doctor, andI was scheduled for a biopsy within the week.

I got the news as soon as I woke up from surgery. The surgeon came in and said, “I have good news and bad news.... More of Ali's Story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/558689261483845?__tn__=K-R

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MEGA PUMPED that my Newsweek interview posted today❣️ "'I'M USING AIR GUITAR TO GET THROUGH LOCKDOWN IN NEW YORK'" Hellz YEAH 💨🎸⚡️⛓🤩 Big Shout Outs to: @karapicante , John Humphrey, John Hauser, @scenestealreric , Hanna Jakku, @theunrealtaniakatan , @caseyfphoto , Maria Lax, @tarynkapronica, @motherfeatherofficial , Metal Yoga Bones, @nobara13 , Paul Puebla IV, @usairguitar , @airguitarworldchampionships
Link in bio but also this:

https://www.newsweek.com/air-guitar-lockdown-pandemic-new-york-1500034
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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: My Daughter Saved My Life
Name: Jenn Korican
Town: Dexter, Michigan
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 3; ER+, PR+, HER2+ (“triple positive”); invasive ductal carcinoma
Age now: 36

If I hadn’t gotten pregnant with my daughter Riley, I don’t know if I would have survived breast cancer. I call her my saving grace. Before I was diagnosed, in 2016, I was a full-time hair stylist at a salon in Ann Arbor. My first daughter was three. I had actually felt the lump in my breast for a year, but I was naïvely thinking, Not me. It couldn’t be me. It hurt during my periods, so I thought it was one of those crazy period things. I had my mom feel it; I had my husband feel it. My mom wasn’t concerned, because she said she got the same thing when she had her period and also had cystic breasts.
I probably would have continued to ignore it indefinitely, except that I got pregnant…

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: Fighting Lung Cancer in Public
Name: Jenna Gibson 
Town: Sterling Heights, Michigan 
Diagnosis: Lung cancer; stage 2; neuroendocrine carcinoid tumor 
Age at diagnosis: 34 
Age now: 39
In the movies, a doctor brings a patient into his office, seats her in a nice padded chair, sits down behind his beautiful mahogany desk, and then tells her the news that she has cancer. In my real life, I got a phone call at a little greasy-spoon diner called Ram’s Horn, sitting across from my mom, trying to calm my four-year-old Anna and six-month-old Hope down while holding the waitress off. The room was spinning. I tried to write down everything that the PA said on a paper placemat, with a crayon, while holding back any tears from falling in the crowded restaurant.
That night, I had to go home and tell my husband. He’s a very sentimental, emotional, kind-hearted man; I’m the strong, unbreakable one who never cries. He’s a music pastor, so when I got home, I had to wait for band practice to finish; then I had to wait for the kids to go to bed. Finally, at 10:30 at night, sitting on the couch, he announces that he’s tired and wants to go to bed. I said, “Well, so, there’s one thing I wanted to talk about. I got a phone call today from the doctor.” Read more on Jenna's story on Share Triumph's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/514899389196166

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Share Triumph Story Submission!

Name: Cindy Bright
From: Bulverde, TX 
Cancer Type: Invasive Lobular carcinoma stage 2
Age at diagnosis: 41

Here is Cindy’s story that she submitted.
The link to the submission form is at the bottom of this post.

I am a server at a restaurant in Gatlinburg, TN. I had my last chemo April 9 ,2019. I have recently returned back to work. It has been a good feeling to regain some normalcy. I was a little nervous how customers would react to my lack of hair. I walked into work with my head held high. I wore my pink bracelets that my coworkers had maid for me "TEAM CINDY" As the night went on I had a party of thirteen I was going to be taking care. I was a little nervous. I put on my biggest smile and went for it. At the end of their dinner one of the ladies in the party ask me if I was a breast cancer survivor. For the first time I said YES! I explained I go back in August to meet with my oncologist and have a mammogram. She told me she would be praying for me. I smiled and told her Thank You. As they were leaving another young lady approached me and gave me the credit card receipt and a letter. The young lady gave me the biggest hug. I went back immediately and read the letter. She had lost her mother to breast cancer. They said I touched their hearts with my bright spirit. They had started a foundation in their Moms memory. The Tracey Beard foundation. I went home and found them on Facebook. I realized that the women who asked me If I was a survivor was Tracey's Mother and the young lady that hugged me was her daughter. I sent them a messaged and thanked them for their generous tip. They told me I made their dinner memorable and touched their hearts. Breast cancer brought a group of strangers together. I will never forget Tracey Beard's family and their kindness.
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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: The Joy of Examination-Room Sex (And Other Sick Humor)
Name: Eileen Danial 
Town: St. Clair Shores, Michigan 
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 2; HER2+ 
Age at diagnosis: 33 
Age now: 35
At the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Treatment Center, where I was treated for breast cancer, you start the ball rolling with an orientation where you meet all your doctors. On that day, I sat in the waiting room and looked around. At 33, I was the youngest person there. All the women seemed to be 50 and older—and there I was, in my Nike Dri-FIT shirt with yoga pants and gym shoes, thinking, God, I can’t wait to go for a run later with my boyfriend of a month, who has decided that he wants to stick around for this.
That’s Joe. We started dating a month before I was diagnosed; our anniversary is June 26th, and I was diagnosed July 22nd. The day of my mammogram, I said, “I’ve got a doctor’s appointment.” Read Eileen's full story on Share Triumph's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShareTriumph/posts/498958217456950

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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: When Poetry Is Surgery With a Pen
Name: Barbara Bowen
Town: San Antonio, Texas
Diagnosis: Breast cancer; stage 3, ER+, PR+, Her2+ (“triple positive”)
Age at diagnosis: 40
Age now: 42

I am a poet. Because I’m not paid for this, people like to call it a hobby. I hesitate to define it that way—very few poets are paid to write. I would actually consider myself a poet before I’d consider myself a trade-show manager, which is what I do professionally. I’ve been writing poetry since about 8th grade, but I wasn’t much good until later. Initially it was a way to spew emotions onto the page. I was an awkward kid and needed a safe space for expression. Then I had a brilliant teacher in my junior year of high school, Carol Mengden, and she showed me how to take that spew and turn it into craft.

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⚡⚡TWO awesome things: ⚡⚡
1.) Today is the 4 year anniversary of my LAST CHEMO! ➕ that awesome party so many of you attended at Weill Cornell Breast Center on a rainy day in Feb. ❤️💃🏻
📸by Casey Fatchett

and
2.) New Press! 📃

Our book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' was written about today in SurvivorNet "You Are Not Alone — 6 Inspiring Cancer Memoirs to Help Survivors and Caregivers Cope with Their Journeys"

https://www.survivornet.com/articles/you-are-not-alone-6-inspiring-cancer-memoirs-to-help-survivors-and-caregivers-cope-with-their-journeys/
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Share Triumph Story Submission! This one is from the book 'TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer' which can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MYs47N

Title: Saved by a Second Opinion
Name: Gina Marie Cortese
Town: Cleveland, Ohio
Diagnosis: Giant-cell glioblastoma
Age at diagnosis: 20
Age now: 27

It was 2012, and I was home on Christmas break. I was a junior at Kent State, majoring in early childhood education. During the break I had a job at Pandora, the jewelry store. With the holiday rush, I was spending 10 to 12 hours per day on my feet. I didn’t mind it. Actually, I liked it. I liked working with all the people.

One morning that month, I woke up and noticed my left toe was numb. I thought maybe I’d pinched a nerve with all those hours of standing, and I shook it off. But then I started waking up every day feeling sad and having crying jags. That was totally unlike me. I’m usually pretty happy. Also, my hair started falling out in clumps.

I knew something was wrong, so I went to the doctor. I was 20 years old and still seeing a pediatrician. She suggested it was seasonal depression disorder. “You’re probably just really stressed out from a busy schedule,” she told me. “Just go back to school—you’ll be fine. If things get worse, call me.” Things did get worse. I went back to school still feeling sad and not myself. The numbness spread to my other toes. Then one day, a few weeks into the new semester, I was giving a presentation to my class when I had to ask to sit down. I was lightheaded and seeing flashing lights on the floor. I tried to walk back to my desk, but my left knee gave out. I caught myself and managed to hobble to my desk.

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About Me

I’m Marquina – a mother, wife, digital marketer, breast cancer survivor, competitive air guitarist, insufferable karaoke singer, and all-around-goofball living in Brooklyn, NY.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2015, my life stopped. We had been trying for a second child – that dream was dashed. I had recently launched a business – that project was sidelined.

I experienced uncertainty, sadness, anger, and pure fear. That fear caused me to retreat into myself. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about my diagnosis because it was too painful to relive with each retelling. Each time I would muster the courage to discuss what I was going through, I left the interaction feeling depleted and raw. At a certain point, I didn’t want to talk, walk, smile, or leave my bed. I was short-tempered with my husband and son. I felt stalled. Stuck.

Depression loomed like a rain cloud that would not pass …and I sought professional help. I mourned the loss of my old life. How could I escape this cloud of sadness?

I wanted to take my life back. But how could I keep moving when I was paralyzed by fear – a fear that never leaves your side, even after you’re in ‘remission’.

I began to create…

It started small. Drawings, sketches, poems, songs.

These small creative projects brought me one step closer to myself. They were my ‘little triumphs’ over my all-encompassing fear.

I started ‘Share Triumph’ to showcase the small steps that lead us on our path back to joy.

My little triumph may not be the same as yours – and that’s okay. We are all on different paths.

As we share our small triumphs we are both encouraging others as much as we encourage ourselves. Sometimes we need a reminder that we should simply start putting one foot in front of the other.

– Marquina

About Me

I’m Marquina – a mother, wife, digital marketer, breast cancer survivor, competitive air guitarist, insufferable karaoke singer, and all-around-goofball living in Brooklyn, NY.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2015, my life stopped. We had been trying for a second child – that dream was dashed. I had recently launched a business – that project was sidelined.

I experienced uncertainty, sadness, anger, and pure fear. That fear caused me to retreat into myself. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about my diagnosis because it was too painful to relive with each retelling. Each time I would muster the courage to discuss what I was going through, I left the interaction feeling depleted and raw. At a certain point, I didn’t want to talk, walk, smile, or leave my bed. I was short-tempered with my husband and son. I felt stalled. Stuck.

Depression loomed like a rain cloud that would not pass …and I sought professional help. I mourned the loss of my old life. How could I escape this cloud of sadness?

I wanted to take my life back. But how could I keep moving when I was paralyzed by fear – a fear that never leaves your side, even after you’re in ‘remission’.

I began to create…

It started small. Drawings, sketches, poems, songs.

These small creative projects brought be one step closer to myself. They were my ‘little triumphs’ over my all-encompassing fear.

I started ‘Share Triumph’ to showcase the small steps that lead us on our path back to joy.

My little triumph may not be the same as yours – and that’s okay. We are all on different paths.

As we share our small triumphs we are both encouraging others as much as we encourage ourselves. Sometimes we need a reminder that we should simply start putting one foot in front of the other.

– Marquina

TOUGH: Women Who Survived Cancer is the ultimate recovery companion for women facing cancer.

Working from interviews with 40 survivors, Iliev-Piselli has created triumphant essays that will lift readers up like a conversation with good friends (if all your friends had survived cancer!).

During life’s most difficult moments, these women found joy in creative pursuits as diverse as they are, including writing, stand up comedy, drawing, air guitar, and many more.

Get ready for honest, inspiring, uplifting, rock-n-rolling, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, chemo-brain-fueled tales about cancer and its aftermath.

The ultimate recovery companion for women facing cancer. This book is for newly-diagnosed women, survivors, and the people who love them.

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