Hi, I’m Kim! I am a stage 4 breast cancer thriver living on the far west coast of Canada on Vancouver Island, BC. I live with my husband Josh and my two furry little sidekicks Reba and Rosie who keep me company on all our fun outdoor adventures. I’ve always had a passion for helping others and knew that there was something bigger for me in life…but breast cancer was definitely not what I expected.
Shortly after my 34th birthday, I was diagnosed with ER/PR+ Her2- stage 2b lobular breast cancer. I quickly went in for a lumpectomy, followed by 8 rounds of intense dose dense AC+T chemo, 28 treatments of radiation, a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with immediate latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction and numerous breast revision surgeries.
As I went through treatment, I found the resources in my local community to be more focused towards older women and that there weren’t enough resources for young women living with breast cancer. So, I started blogging and sharing my story through social media with the hopes of reaching out to other young women going through the same thing and letting them know they were not alone.
Nearly 5 years later after my initial diagnosis, I found out the cancer had returned and spread to my bones and liver and I was now living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). MBC is an incurable disease and I will be on treatment the rest of my life but I am determined to keep on living, doing the things I love, and continuing to share my story and advocating for change.