Michelle Quillen

Michelle Quillen’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with HER2+ and estrogen positive, Stage II breast cancer in July 2017. As a single mom, her immediate and greatest fear was leaving her daughter without a mom. Though the diagnosis was horrific, sharing the news with her daughter was even more excruciating, “Telling my baby I had cancer had to be one of the worst moments of my life,” she said. During her treatment, Michelle faced recurring infections and severely low electrolyte levels, both of which left her in and out of the hospital, sometimes for a week at a time. The time apart and severity of Michelle’s complications, left her feeling as though she would never feel good again. Determined to not lose heart, Michelle started to listen to positive meditations and music, while making mental notes of all of the good in her life. As time passed, Michelle finally began to feel better. Hospital stays become less frequent and her perspective on life began to morph as well. Her exercises in focusing on the positive began to take hold. She is still on Herceptin and hormonal therapy, but is now living a more full life, enjoying each day she gets to spend with her daughter.

Michelle Quillen’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with HER2+ and estrogen positive, Stage II breast cancer in July 2017. As a single mom, her immediate and greatest fear was leaving her daughter without a mom. Though the diagnosis was horrific, sharing the news with her daughter was…

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