Gina T is a writer and poet who likes to spent most of her time joking around. Both her parents died of cancer and she hopes she won't have to see it again in herself.
What was your cancer diagnosis and how was it discovered?
Breast cancer. I had a mammogram at 32 because my mom had breast cancer young and I thought I was ahead of the game. I was not expecting to find out that I had cancer.
What is the biggest piece of advice you have for newly diagnosed patients?
Everyone's cancer experience is different and it's okay to feel alone.
What is the most important thing you learned from your cancer experience?
To listen to my body and to take things a little slower.
What was the most difficult aspect of organizing your care/community?
I don't like asking for help but I needed to in order get through the mastectomy surgery and to get through some of my fears and body image issues.
What are three words you would use to describe your cancer experience?
It wasn't fun.
Are there products, services, experiences or physicians that you couldn't be without?
My tattoo artist Esmé Hall at Sacred Vessel Tattoo in Vermont helped me feel more myself again with tattoos.