Welcome Cecilia!

Me and Adam

Lacuna Loft is excited to continue introducing some guest bloggers!  These great folks represent a variety of perspectives on the myriad of topics covered here at Lacuna Loft.  Before everyone starts really getting into the nitty-gritty of all they have to say, we wanted to introduce them a bit.  Without further ado, here is Cecilia!

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Hi!

My name’s Cecilia & I’m a new contributor to Lacuna Loft. Here’s a little about myself. I am 24 years old & was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer on January 28, 2014. My cancer is ER/PR-, HER2+. I am BRCA negative.  I had a unilateral mastectomy with DIEP reconstruction on March 13. I am currently working my way through 12 weekly rounds of chemo (Taxol & Herceptin, 4 down, 8 to go!). I was living in upstate NY with my boyfriend when I received my diagnosis. I had my surgery there & my first chemo. Then I moved back to Southern California to finish my treatment with my family. At the end of August, I will be moving to Boston to go to grad school (& finish up my year of Herceptin). So as you can see, cancer is just a speed bump & I am not letting it get in the way of my plans.

I decided to become a contributor because the more open I am about my cancer journey, the more I see there are other young adults out there who are experiencing similar things. Facing my own mortality has been a learning experience for me & it’s an experience that I still struggle with daily. I wanted to be able to share my experiences, my thoughts, my feelings, my advice, with other young adults in similar situations.

I’d also like to introduce myself as Cecilia, not just a cancer fighter. I am a 24 year old vegan who is preparing to go to Northeastern University to get her Masters in Law & Public Policy. I have an overweight cat, Snacks. I love reading, music, hiking, yoga, social justice, tattoos,  and fashion. I have a wonderful boyfriend (who’s been supportive through all of this). I received my Bachelor’s in English Literature & Political Science. I enjoy both a night out with friends & a night in binge watching Netflix. I’m just a typical 24 year old girl who is figuring out where she wants her life to go, but now I’m battling cancer.

I look forward to sharing my cancer journey with you & hope to provide any help I can to other young adults out there.

–Cecilia