“I try to stay lighthearted with everything and have humor throughout everything.” 

Name: Michele Welscher
Age: 52
Job: Auditor for Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP
Diagnosis: Breast cancer stage 0
How She Found Out: Detected in routine mammogram yearly, May 2017
Treatments: Bilateral mastectomy, due to also living with cystic fibrosis. I was already on a specialized diet.
Best Thing Someone Did For Me: This is a tie between my neighbor who hired a housekeeper to help me, and my boss being fantastic about schedule flexibility.

How I Dealt With Negative Thoughts: I concentrated on the positives of catching the disease early, along with having a great support system and keeping my outlook cancer free. I also have been able to laugh through it all and keep myself lighthearted. I try to stay lighthearted with everything and have humor throughout everything.

Advice For Those Newly Diagnosed: Surround yourselves with support groups and know your body.

Michele’s Biggest Challenge: I’m trying not to focus on scary information for either disease and remind myself that the bad stuff I hear about in other women’s stories may not always happen to me. I’ve reached the age of 52 with cystic fibrosis, and 54% lung capacity, so I must be doing something right.

Come paint the town pink at our Pink Woman Fashion Show! We ‘d love to see you there on October 19. Find out more details here.

Photo by Melissa Donald