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.
I studied advertising and public relations at Boston University. In 1985, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science from BU’s College of Communication.
My love of 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. 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 I take up yoga 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 discipline and balance into my life. 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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