week twelve… survivor, volunteer, fighter, JOSIE

Komen Greater Cincinnati Official Blog

Josie’s story told by her good friend Traci:

First time I met Josie, she was volunteering for Komen Cincinnati at Kings Island.  When we introduced ourselves, she told me, with her huge smile and her cute Filipino accent, “I have Stage 4 Metastatic…some doctors say I’m going to die…so I not listen to them…I keep fighting it!!”   I fell in love with her adorable attitude, and we have been friends since that day.

Both before and during cancer, she has gone through more hardships than many of us could ever imagine.  She had heart problems, was paralyzed by a stroke, pulmonary problems, and then on 8/8/08 found out that she had Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

The morning of her mastectomy surgery at UC Hospital, she found out that her mother had passed away in the Phillipines.
Her Breast Cancer has returned once, and when the doctors thought maybe she had…

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