Tina Conrad

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: Indiana
Cancer: Breast Cancer

"My goal is simple, to help one person. If one person gets a mammogram because of my story, if one person feels less alone, if one person shows kindness to a friend going through a difficult time, then I am helping to make the world a better place."

I am a 5-year Breast Cancer Survivor of Stage 3A, Lobular, and Ductal Cancer. My mom is actually a 2-time breast cancer survivor, but our cancers are different! I was fortunate enough to have my mom’s diagnosis experience and listening ear throughout my journey. I was diagnosed at the age of 37, months after getting married and starting my dream job. I noticed a change in my breast (center had pulled in) and after a series of mammograms, ultrasound, and biopsy, I found out I had cancer on August 5th, 2013 (C-Day)! I went through 16 rounds of chemo, 25 rounds of radiation, double mastectomy, and reconstruction. What surprised me the most, was not physically what changed, but I changed as a person. I focused less on work, more on life. I worried less about death and more about living. I had a renewed sense of purpose and faith. I needed purpose and meaning in my daily life.

I started a podcast this year based on my cancer journey with one goal in mind HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday). It is meant to be a “Girlfriend’s Guide” to Breast Cancer, to teach others how to help someone going through breast cancer. My goal is simple, to help one person. If one person gets a mammogram because of my story, if one person feels less alone, if one person shows kindness to a friend going through a difficult time, then I am helping to make the world a better place. My podcast is at http://djbreastcancer.buzzsprout.com and goes through topics of diagnosis, losing my hair, starting a blog, yoga and celebrating the milestones.