On November 1, 2010, at the age of 30, I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, just days after learning I was pregnant. Thanks to a dedicated medical team and an awesome God, my treatment plan allowed her to fight for my own life while bringing a new life into the world. I underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy while pregnant.
Just days after my seventh round of chemo and while seven months pregnant, I completed the Greater Fort Worth Komen Race for the Cure 5K. A little over a week later, on the day that should have been my final chemo treatment, I instead gave birth to a daughter, named Serenity. Born premature, but perfectly healthy, Serenity arrived to let the world know that we had won their fight. The following month, my scans came back clear with no evidence of disease.
It was a long, tough battle, that included being terminated from my full-time job, but I got through it with the help of a nationwide team of supporters, nicknamed Team Roxy. Supporters rallied behind me and organized fundraising events in over 20 cities to raise funds for my medical treatment, COBRA insurance premiums and other expenses. It was this overwhelming display of love and support that led me to establish Team Roxy as a non-profit organization dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness and supporting other women battling breast cancer.