Allie was diagnosed at 28 years old and despite her minimal family history found out she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation. Leslie was diagnosed at 23 years old, a month before graduating from college. They both went through aggressive treatment (chemotherapy, surgery, r...

When I googled “pancreatic cancer survival rates” I knew right away from the bottom of my heart that he would not survive the illness. I just sat at my desk and put my head down and sobbed. My Dad was my anchor in life in so many ways, and it broke my heart to imagine...

I just remind myself that this is just a bump in the road and I’ll get through this. Just stay positive, laugh, smile, and remember “you got this”. My friends inspire me to stay strong everyday. My best friends, Angie, Savanna and Cristina have been by my side since th...

At this point in my journey, the hardest aspect was going through with my preventative surgery. I opted for surveillance for 10+ years before finally going through with my double mastectomy. I had to consider so many factors: I would lose feeling in my breasts, I would...

Start feeling your boobs and developing the habit of breast self-exams now! It’s one of the most lifesaving rituals you can have and its incredibly empowering to know that you are in control.  Also, start a business! Do it, seriously! Do things that make you uncomforta...

Both of my parents were ill and died from cancer. I was 15 years old when my dad passed away, and 19 when my mom passed away.

When I was ten years old my mom, Miriam Smooha, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer and beat it! I was still young enough to not really understand what cancer was or the severity of the diagnosis.

Tell us about yourself. What do you do for work?

I am a Chicago based actor. However, I do many side hustles, as well. :)

Tell us about your mom. 

My mother's name is Bonnie Roberts. Before my sister was born, my mom had quite a few titles. She and my father lived in the...

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