Some women just plain inspire us. Stephanie Robin is one of those women.
Dr. Wendy Walsh: In 2004, a 36-year-old mother in Boca Raton, Fla., was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. Then she tested positive for the breast cancer gene (BRCA) and underwent a double mastectomy with reconstruction, a total hysterectomy, and months of chemotherapy. In 2006, the breast cancer metastasized into her lung, and Stephanie's diagnosis became stage IV metastatic breast cancer. There is no stage five, ladies.
"Looking at my kids and not knowing if I was going to be around for their bar or bat mitzvahs or to see them walk down the aisle ... " Stephanie's voice trails off.
The next couple of years found Stephanie Robin alive, though weak, as she struggled through various chemotherapies. Then in December 2007, she joined a clinical trial study at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, where she continues to be treated monthly. As of August, the tumors in her lungs have decreased in size by over 90%!
These days, Stephanie is optimistic. "My whole thing is this -- attitude is everything. You can choose to stay in bed and cry, just let your kids fend for themselves, or you can get up and fight. And no way I was going to let cancer keep me from raising my kids."
And fight she does -- for every woman. After her initial surgeries and chemotherapy, she founded Think Pink in 2005, and held two luncheons to raise awareness about the BRCA gene mutation, early detection of and genetic testing for breast cancer, and to provide funding for screening, treatment, and research. Last year, she held Think Pink Rocks, an amazing breast cancer fund-raising concert at Mizner Park amphitheater in Boca Raton, Fla., which featured performances by Akon, Flo Rida, Shontelle, and was hosted by Queen Latifah.
Think Pink Rocks is coming back. On October 3, the Mizner Park amphitheater will rock again, this time with performances by Akon, Shontelle, Melanie Fiona, and American Yard. Tickets are only $30.
The donations to Stephanie's events have gone to many breast cancer charities, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Reach Global/JACOB International; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; BRCH Women's Center for Breast Cancer; the American Cancer Society / Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition; and the Hope Project.
|Dr. Wendy Walsh holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and her area of interest is Attachment Theory, a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory that provides a descriptive and explanatory framework for understanding interpersonal relationships between human beings. As a psychological assistant registered with the California Board of Psychology, Dr. Walsh has treated individuals, couples and families for a variety of mental health concerns including personality disorders, anger management, eating and substance disorders, and depression. Connect with Dr. Walsh on Facebook.|