Recipient Profile - Leticia
CURRENT AGE & PROJECTED AGE UPON GRADUATION YEAR:
Resilience, faith, hope, passion for helping others, extremely optimistic, and a gift of gab
Passionate in my mission to obtain what I call, “Breastless Success, “ a positive, fulfilling, successful life post cancer. In defining my why I stated a program called, Young Women & Breast Cancer through non-profit Latinas Contra Cancer with the goal of educating young women on breast as a whole, with the ultimate objective of saving lives. Program has been rolled out to our local college including Santa Clara and Stanford University. I also authored a book I wrote during my treatment title, “Cancer Starts with C,” book introduces cancer to children in a palatable, accessible fashion so that they can grasp the concepts and prepare for changes that will occur as their parents undergo treatment.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 5 YEARS AND 10 YEARS AFTER COLLEGE GRADUATION:
I would like to continue my education, obtaining my Bachelor’s and even a Master’s degree in Public Relations or Non-Profit Management and Leadership. I plan to use my degrees to benefit my community by continuing my career in the non-profit sector on my way to obtaining a position as the CEO or VP, making changes, and taking my passion to the streets, impacting my community like no other.
TOP 3 LIFE GOALS and HOW WILL YOU ACHIEVE THEM:
1. Education: Obtaining my A.A., B.A., and Masters, I plan to continue my education slow, but surely, raising my children, working full-time and hitting the books as much as possible.
2. Making a difference! I would like to use my gifted life to help others within the community, whether that’s educating them, feeding them, or just simply letting them know I care about their struggles.
3. Save Lives! Continue to share my story and educate young women on the risk of breast cancer and early detection especially during pregnancy. I was shock to discover the 25% of all young women whom are diagnosed with breast cancer are also pregnant. I was 9 month pregnant when I was diagnosed and feel it is my duty to raise awareness at the risk pregnancy can pose, ensure providers and women are completely Breast Self-Exams during their pregnancy.
BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY(S) FROM YOUR CANCER EXPERIENCE:
My experience has been one of many mixed emotions…Fears, Sadness, Triumph, True Happiness…
Through the many obstacles, with each I gained something, whether it was strength, or a life lesson. I have learned to appreciate and respect my struggles for they are defining moments, with lesson to be learned – preparing us for life’s future events. I would never wish cancer on anyone, but I would have to say once you get past the huge negative of facing ones’ own mortality, it can opens the doors to humility, strength, understanding, and compassion. I have a whole new outlook on life, thru my faith; I have truly mastered what true happiness is--appreciating everyday as a gift. I will now live my life to the fullest, paying gratitude for the little things like hair, and the big things like ones’ health. All is a gift! I would have never learned this lesson and discovered life’s true treasures without my experience with Breast Cancer…