When Tara's third aunt developed breast cancer, she knew something was up. She decided to be proactive with her health and get tested for the BRCA gene, a genetic mutation that drastically increases chances of developing breast cancer. When the test came back positive, she made a quick decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy and removal of her Fallopian tubes. She was determined to prevent cancer so she could continue to be present for her family. Little did she know that a year later, she would be diagnosed with a different type of cancer that would put her through physical and emotional agony. Through it all, her competitor's mindset prevailed.
Tune in and be inspired by her strength and drive as she shares her story on this episode of Suddenly Stronger.
Guest: Tara Ramos (Check out her Instagram here!)
01:22 The BRCA Mutation
01:57 The Light Bulb Moment
02:20 The Genetic Test Results
03:40 The Quick Decision
06:40 The Empowered Tara
09:35 The Headache (How It All Started)
13:08 The Theory for Oral Cancer
15:20 The First Diagnosis
18:45 The Initial Surgery
19:23 The Pathology Report (More Operations!)
22:00 The Support System
24:00 The “Fight or Flight” Lessons in Action
26:45 The Motivation to Show Up Every Day
27:30 The Lung Tumor
31:00 The YOLO Attitude!
32:30 The Big Surgery
33:48 The Scary Chemo Decision
37:00 The Changes
38:50 The Coping Process
41:05 The Company of a Good Friend
45:08 The Continuous Battle
47:08 The Healing process (Mind and Body)
50:20 The Lingering Effects
52:10 The Long-Term Outcome
53:20 The Biggest Takeaway
56:28 The Focus on Healing
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