Kirsten Stanely

You never know what is going on in someone’s life. Kirsten has stage 4 breast cancer and goes for treatment every 3 weeks, yet she is still able to work full time, volunteer, and be very physically active – playing tennis and riding horses. It is important for her to share that cancer should not define nor confine someone.

Kirsten is a very private person by nature, but when she was diagnosed at age 34 with no family history, she made a choice to be public with her battle. And her battle has had its challenges. When she learned the cancer metastasized to her liver and lymph nodes, she felt all the radiation and chemo had been for naught. She can vividly recall standing outside her home, clutching her husband and feeling his heartbeat as she shared the results. In that moment, she was both devastated that my body continued to betray me yet empowered not to let the cancer control our future.

Kirsten knows that this disease can affect anyone. She advises others not to focus on what it has taken away from you. You need to think about the positive things in life. And that there will come a day when the cancer is not the only thing you can think about – it won’t be the first thing you think about in the morning nor the last thing at night.

“I have been given the gift of understanding unconditional love. I am very lucky to have a husband who won’t let this destroy us.”

Kirsten credits her husband and her horses for helping her get through—riding is her therapy.

She also talks about her extended family as being amazing, yet one of the hardest things of this journey has been witnessing how many lives are affected by her diagnosis.

“I have stage 4 breast cancer and go for treatment every 3 weeks, yet I am still able to work full time, volunteer, and be very physically active – playing tennis and riding horses. It is important for me to share that cancer should not define nor confine someone.”

 

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