At 47 Clark Street in Cranford, NJ, Dad often referred to me as Daughter Number Four. It’s fitting. Afterall, I am the youngest of four children, all girls. Growing up, my sisters and I shared many things; bedrooms, a bathroom, assorted clothes, measles and chicken pox. Mom, who was an avid reader, introduced me to books at an early age. The Cranford Public Library was my second home. My library card was one of the best things Mom ever got me.
At mom’s insistence, I attended Boston University. My sister Debbie was a freshmen at BU and Mom noted having two kids at the same college for three years would be convenient for her and my dad. I studied advertising and public relations, worked and played hard. In 1985, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science from BU’s College of Communication.
My addiction to chocolate started with Bosco, when I was very young, seemingly innocent at first. The canister of M&M’s on the kitchen counter enabled my desire more. Chocolate is the very essence of my being. Now, I try to limit my indulgence to small spurts of fair trade chocolate.
After breast cancer, a friend suggested yoga would be an ideal way to get my body back into shape after breast reconstruction. I was reluctant at first. Flexibility was not one of my strengths but I soon fell in love with the practice. Yoga brings me discipline and balance. I strengthen my mind and my body at the same time. Namaste!
As a feature guest speaker, I enjoy sharing my family’s hereditary breast and ovarian cancer journey, educating people about BRCA genetic testing and the connection to our health and sustainable living. I have been a volunteer ambassador with American Cancer Society and team captain for Relay for Life.
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