Christina Turgati is our Breast Cancer Survivor of the Week. She was first diagnosed in July of 2011 and had a mastectomy shortly after. She walked the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk with her friends, co-workers, family, daughter Marissa (pictured with Christine), and a man named Joe, who is now her fiancé! She is now cancer-free, and she and Joe are getting married in July of 2013.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Christine.

When were you diagnosed?
July 2011

Age
44

Are you cancer-free? If so, for how long?
Yes, for one year

How have your family and friends helped you?
I could not have gone through this without them.

What tips do you have to help other breast cancer survivors stay positive?
Take one day at a time.

What has someone done to make you feel better?
My mom, she took care of me every day. She was there at my worst times. Right after my mastectomy, when I felt completely disfigured, she made me laugh over the tears.

Who has made an impact on you?
Nick. He is the concierge at the front desk at Memorial Sloan Kettering medical center in Manhattan. He welcomes everyone who enters, he greets everybody with a warm, amazing, over the top greeting... He is like an angel... really and truly. In a place where so many people are dealing with cancer, he can make anyone feel happy and uplifted. I went for a checkup last week, after not having been there a while, and he came out from behind the desk, hugged me, fawned over me, and sometimes that is all the medicine you need.

What advice would you give someone who is about to go through treatment?
You can do this.

What was the scariest moment?
Walking into the operating room for the mastectomy.

What was the funniest moment?
Several times when my mom was taking care of me right after surgery, we would laugh over the stupidest stuff. Emptying my drains was especially hilarious for some reason.

How has breast cancer made you stronger?

I know that I can handle anything, I have also been able to inspire other women, friends, coworkers who have also gone through this.

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