Alexis was only 11 years old when her mother, Patricia, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. It was then when she learned that unexplainable things happen in life. Alexis says this was her first experience with such an impactful disease and it happened to be through her mom.
Alexis knew her mother’s journey to recovery wouldn’t be an easy one. At such a young age, Alexis matured quickly and she was there for her mom to the best of her abilities and as much as possible.
Alexis recalls her mom being an active parent, even throughout chemotherapy and radiation treatments – Patricia provided for her family and never gave up!
“She took the time to sit down with my siblings and I to give us comfort and explain what was happening, even though she was the one that probably needed it more,” Alexis reflected.
After her mom’s diagnosis, Alexis and her family knew they wanted to get involved in fighting the disease in a more impactful way. Patricia served on Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington’s Board of Directors for 7 years and was Board President for 2. Patricia encouraged Alexis to get involved with Komen’s Ambassador Board – a board for young professionals; she jumped at the chance and has continued raising awareness and funds towards Komen’s mission for the past 2 years.
As a co-survivor, Alexis knows all too well that when a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer (or any other disease), it’s incredibly overwhelming for the whole family. For anyone going through a similar scenario, Alexis encouraged them to stay by their loved one’s side – Reminisce on the good times, tell a corny joke, or even simply hold their hand.
“Being a supportive person is worth a thousand words, even when you don’t know what to do or say,” Alexis said. “Being there is what matters.”