In 1999 breast cancer made its way into my life, and changed it drastically. Before my dear aunt was diagnosed, I was one of those people that did not think about the disease all that much – it was something that happened to other people. After her double mastectomy and chemotherapy I made a promise to educate others and myself. How could I have been so clueless (and quite frankly careless) to think like I did? The impact of breast cancer did not stop there: My mother-in-law, sister-in-law, cousin and far too many people I know and love faced the disease. It was surrounding me and I wanted to make a change. I fully believe you must be the change you wish to see in the world. So I made it a mission to reach out to as many people as I could, and to help change statistics into survivors. I am the poster child for early detection, and taking charge of your own health. If I had not taken the steps to change my own mindset, my brush with breast cancer in 2006 could have come with a much different outcome. I am one of the lucky ones. The missing portion of my breast is a constant reminder that knowledge is power. I was my own best advocate because I was educated about the disease. My results were good, but many others are not that lucky. Breast cancer knows no bounds, it does not discriminate - color, socio-economic status, religion, and even gender are not factors this disease sees. My relationship with breast cancer caused an advocate to emerge – strong and steadfast.