True Story by Guest Writer ~
Maria Kerley, October 2009
My name is Maria Rose Castillo – Kerley and I have Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Although I am referred to as a Cancer Survivor, I would rather call myself a “Thriver” as I continue thrive while fighting to “live,” “exist” or “survive the aftermath of cancer treatments.
For background information, I was born and educated in the Philippines. I graduated from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. I had my Masters at Ateneo Graduate School of Business. I worked as an accountant and owned a graphic design agency before migrating to New Zealand in 1989. In summary, I am Asian, professional, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friends to many.
Before I was diagnosed with Cancer, I had a great life. I had a very happy, comfortable, fulfilled family, career and social life. I had almost anything I need. I couldn’t ask for anything more… I had a great family … My parents has just finally immigrated to USA after about 10 year – bureaucratic process. I live with my 13 year-old daughter and the love of my life (my husband) in a nice comfortable home in Las Vegas. Both my husband and I had good jobs. The big bonus was my brother and sisters family live closeby – in Long Beach and San Francisco.
I met the love of my life, my husband Tony, in 1989 in New Zealand and got married in 1990 then we moved to Maine in 1991 where we raised my daughter until we moved to Las Vegas in 2006 when I got this wonderful job at the airport and my husband was able to transfer his job in the company’s branch here in Las Vegas.
I could not believe my luck, I did almost everything by the book - and here I am a healthy 50 – year old with Cancer. I had a normal lifestyle, I saw my doctors and dentists, regularly. I did exercise. I walked a lot. I ate a regular combination of Asian-American diet in moderation. I did not smoke or drink. To top it all I lived in clean environment in the last 20 years – New Zealand and Maine.
I decided to write this book to be able to share my experience with people who are touch with Cancer in one way or another particularly those who has just been diagnosed with Cancer. I wish I had something like this to read while waiting for my turn during my medical appointments; something that will give me hope and inspiration to continue to fight. Knowing that someone like me had succeeded the current stage I was in.
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