When Donna Charpied was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in November 2003, the second oldest of her four boys, was a high school student who competed on a cross country track team. His words inspired her to face the journey ahead. "He told me, ‘Mom, think of it as running a race; the pain will get greater, but you must make the finish line!’"
In the eight years since, Charpied has run the race against two types of breast cancer, and today is cancer-free.
She cites the love of her family and friends, along with her strong faith and positive attitude, in her recovery. "I always stayed focus on my future goals," she says. "I was—and still am— thankful to God for each and every morning I awake."
One of her greatest joys is her role as a proud grandmother of three. She also finds great satisfaction in reaching out to others through her web site, www.breastcancerandyou.com. "I want to be there to give strength to people going through cancer of any kind."
Charpied advises newly diagnosed patients to accept the help others offer. "You need a network of people to get through this," she says. "I was humbled and grateful for the support and care I received."