Survivor Stories: Ari Anatine

More About Ari:

I was a caregiver for my dad who lost his battle to esophageal cancer. Am a survivor, was diagnosed with HERS 2 positive breast cancer Nov, 2017.

Joined Second Life in August of 2009. Worked as a host, a dj, a club manager. I joined Relay For Life of Second Life in 2010 and have been relaying ever since. Am currently one of the RFL season leads for 2019.

What would you like to share about your fight?

Was diagnosed with breast cancer Nov 2017. Had a lumpectomy Nov 14, 2017. Started chemo Dec 28, 2017. Started to lose my hair in January 2018 and decided to lose it my way so went and had it shaved off at a salon here in town, and the lady and I cried but told me she understood. We talked a while longer and told me the service was free. That was so sweet of her. I then moved onto radiation March 2018. By this time I was pretty worn out and developing neuropathy of my hands and feet. Ended up with radiation burns and my potassium and sodium levels dropped. Was very unsteady on my feet. Doctors continued to keep a close eye on me. I then moved onto Herceptin infusions. Those lasted for a year for me. Just finished them up January 2019. My body has taken a beating, but am still here…it was a long journey and still going on with ups and downs…but I survived and will continue to do so!

How has your life changed since your own/or loved ones diagnosis?

For one thing it definitely puts things into prospective. Don’t sweat the little things. I cherish every moment and everyone around me, not saying I didn’t before, but it is renewed with a stronger passion. Also, it has renewed my fight for Relay For Life. Sharing my experiences with people on how the American Cancer Society has helped me.

What keeps you going day after day?

My family, my friends, my love, Adam Spark, all the people I have met in Second Life and the Relay family.

Do you have any advice you would like to share?

I know its hard, but never lose faith or hope. Lean on your family and friends, they are there for you.

What keeps you going day after day?

I have fought and survived for my family AND myself. My family mean the world to me and I look after my body and diet as best as I can, to enable myself to be around as long as I can for them.

Do you have any advice you would like to share? What keeps you going day after day?If you have the chance of screening……do it. If you feel a lump or have any weird moles, go to the Dr. Do NOT put it off.

photo credit to Kaitlyn Pruitt

3 thoughts on “Survivor Stories: Ari Anatine”

  1. Ari you inspire me on a daily basis. You are a strong woman! And a beautiful soul. Cancer will not win against you! BIG HUGS!

  2. Such a strong and amazing woman! I love you Ari and everything you are about. I am so happy that you are a part of us. Its been such a pleasure getting to know you better and calling you Sis!

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