Vera Trifunovich had a really traumatic experience with breast cancer decades before she was even diagnosed. Her mother had a really aggressive form of the disease, and lost her life to it really quickly. Like a lot of people, Vera had a preconceived notion of what cancer was, and what it did to everyone it touched. It wasn’t until after her own diagnosis that Vera began to change the way she thought about cancer. She stopped thinking of it as a death sentence, and started thinking of it as something she could tackle.
“It’s not easy, it’s not great news, but it’s not necessarily a death sentence,” Vera says. “That for me was the flip-side, because I’d had that horrible experience of losing my mother. I’d conceptualized breast cancer as a death sentence, but it’s not. There’s so much hope.”Read More