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I was recently diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. This is an aggressive cancer that primarily affects African American women. I am a former business owner who lost everything.

I was recently diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. This is an aggressive cancer that primarily affects African American women. Not only for my sake, but for other women experiencing my plight, this disease needs a media spotlight. I feel that my journey can help others on many levels.

I am a former business owner who lost everything. I lost my car, my home, but not my spirit. I ended up on public assistance and in school to upgrade my career tools.

I thought I was struggling until I received my diagnosis. I have found a clarity in taking things one step at a time and being grateful for the small things. I am just beginning this journey and I feel the steps that I take to keep my daughter and I afloat in this hectic economy with a difficult disease would be worthwhile subject matter for other’s undergoing strife. Since this disease is primarily striking women of color who are under forty; it is under publicized. None of the current treatments work well and it has a high rate of reoccurrence and mortality. If there is a way that you could help to shine a light on this particular cancer, possibly more funds would be directed at research. My situation also shows how quickly ones circumstance can change. My attempts to find a way for my daughter and I to navigate through bureaucracy and to find help typifies the current situation of many Americans.

My story is a way to give back, a way to show others the humanity of strength and failure. I would like to help others by highlighting this disease and my journey.

I appreciate the opportunity to be heard.

Sincerely,

Katanya Maina
 

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