I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2012. Three months prior to my diagnosis my longtime best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. As the thoughts, fears and disbelief of her illness entered my mind, I immediately assured her that I would be by her side every step of the way. I jumped in to manage her treatments and learned everything I could about cancer. As I look back upon it all. it was apparent that her experience paved the way for me. All the time I was helping her, she was helping me by preparing me for my journey. Ironically we had the same type of cancer and similar treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I began to see that in some strange way, we are all connected. Deepak Chopra says “There is a hidden meaning behind all events and the meaning serves your own evolution.” As a survivor, I am now here to serve others who may need me in their life at any given moment.