Spirit Community News – “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is Ok”
Author Visits Richmond Library tomorrow, Thursday, October 21
By Melissa Krupa | [read full article]
Kerri Marie Conner is a certified public accountant. Recently, however, Conner branched out beyond the economic realm, becoming both author and advocate. At age 35, she is receiving treatment for advanced stage breast cancer. While life has not been easy since being diagnosed, Conner has turned her experience into one of hope and inspiration – in her first book, “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She is Ok,” and also in the creation of the Maddie Movement.
Conner’s experience with breast cancer began about twelve years ago shortly after she graduated from college. “My mother was diagnosed with an advanced stage of breast cancer right after I finished college and she was only in her forties,” explains Conner. Conner became involved in efforts to raise awareness about breast cancer shortly after her mother’s diagnosis. “My mother and I were co-chairs for the Susan Komen Race for the Cure when my mom was celebrating 10 years cancer-free.” Despite her mother’s milestone, Conner’s own experience with breast cancer would soon escalate. “It was right around the time of my mother’s ten year anniversary that I was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer,” Conner recalls. Although Conner and her family were caught off-guard by her diagnosis, Conner refused to be defeated by her illness.