Surviving Breast Cancer


Tina Trimarchi

Diagnosed: Age 39
Won a two-year fight against hereditary breast cancer
Now: Age 50

“I jumped over the biggest hurdle in my life when I beat breast cancer. It opened my eyes to what life is really about. I found that the power of family and their support is the most empowering thing.”

Inspirations: “My daughters. I was diagnosed with breast cancer right after I had gone through a brutal divorce with my ex-husband, the father of my two daughters. I knew I needed to be there for my daughters. This was a time when they really needed a mom. I knew through finding my inner strength and finding the will to live, I would beat the disease. I had to keep a positive attitude for my children. Through keeping a positive attitude I found my inner strength and felt empowered more than ever. I want to be a role model to my daughters and show them that no matter how hard times get, as a family we can overcome anything.”

Advice to new patients: “Find your inner strength. Take one day at a time. Look to your family and friends for support.”

How I’ve changed: “I’ve adopted an even stronger will to live and to be here for my daughters. Breast cancer can be hereditary, I need to be here for my daughters. I’ve taken an active role in supporting the works of the Susan G. Komen foundation. After beating breast cancer, I decided to start working for Avon because my daughters love the company’s products and because so many of their products’ proceeds go toward finding a cure for breast cancer. I want to do all that I can do to help find a cure for this disease.”

What I’m proud of: “I’m proud of getting through the biggest hurdle in my life. I am also proud of my daughters for sticking by my and supporting me during a time in their lives when I should have been supporting and helping them.”

What I wish everyone knew: “I want everyone battling or know someone who is battling breast cancer to know that everything will be alright and things will change. No matter how good or how bad things get, they will change. Hang in there and fight the fight.”

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