We are honored to feature Robyn Lisa Stewart, a two time Breast Cancer survivor who is always smiling. She volunteers with girl scouts, fundraises every year to help with Breast Cancer research and funding and enjoys connecting with friends. Robyn resides in Southborough MA with her family.
Q: Please tell us a little about your cancer story and journey
A: I have a complicated health history. In my 30s I tested positive for a genetic disorder called Cowdens Syndrome. Basically, my tumor suppressing gene is broken which leaves me at a greater risk for different types of cancer. I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and then again in 2015. I maintain constant vigilance – it is just a part of my life at this point.
Q: Tell us how you are involved in your community?
A: I am a registered adult volunteer with Girl Scouts. Both of my daughters are involved in this amazing organization and I have had many opportunities to work with their troops on meetings, projects, and community service over the last 6 years.
Q: What are some of your favorite ways to spend down time?
A: reading, water aerobics, hiking, and connecting with friends!
Q: Tell us about your family (spouse, kids, pets, etc)
A: My family means everything to me. Bruce and my two daughters, Autumn and Joely are my biggest cheerleaders! I am also very close to my parents, Phyllis and Joel, and are so thankful that they live right around the corner. Not right around the corner, but equally in my corner are my sister, Karyn and brother, David.
Q: What does Breast Cancer Awareness month mean to you? How do you celebrate? How do you act as an advocate?
A: Breast cancer awareness month offer me a chance to reflect on how far I have come. Also, it is a chance to honor others who have not been as lucky or continue to fight. I try to participate in a walk or event each year to do my part, in a small way, to raise funds to help fight and cure this horrible disease.
Q: If you could offer one piece of advice for a newly diagnosed person, what would it be?
A: You do not have to do this alone – any of it! People will ask you “how they can help” and they mean it. A diagnoses can be a really isolating time. Don’t let that happen to you. Throw yourself into your safety net of friends and family. You are stronger than you think (but having that net makes sure makes life so much easier!)