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Messages of Hope: Fight the fight (with video)

8:18 PM, Oct. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor's note: Many women and even some men across central Wisconsin are in the battles of their lives or, like Patricia Cardona of Wisconsin Rapids, marking their days as cancer-free. You'll get to know some of these people, your neighbors, through October during Daily Tribune Media's special series that helps build breast cancer awareness. To see past stories in the series, click here.

They will tell you what they learned about themselves during their fight against breast cancer and what they might have lost. They'll reveal a bit about who they are outside of the cancer realm; they are, after all, more than the cancer that seemed to have defined them for a big part of their lives. And they offer messages of hope to those who recently have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

This is the fourth in a five-part series to help build breast cancer awareness.

"We're not alone, just keep fighting ... We can beat it; use everything in your power to beat it and always count your blessings." - Patricia Cardona

About Patricia Cardona

Age: 59

Residence: Wisconsin Rapids

Occupation: Mariani Corp.

Family: Mother, Gail; sisters Cindy and Colleen; brother, Peter; daughter Hannah and son, John, and four grandchildren.

Number of months/years as a survivor: Seven months

What I found: "The spirit of mankind, to survive; no matter what the circumstances. To endure the physical and emotional turmoil of any disease and realize that there is always someone else who has it much worse than you!

"Gratefulness in those who show such compassion, and grateful for those whose knowledge has allowed us to survive.

"A new-found strength to always count my blessings, for each day of life is precious!"

What I lost: "Taking life for granted. You cannot buy good health; it is a gift. I lost control over my life, for I had to battle to save my life.

"I lost my pride in working for I am only half the person I used to be. I lost control of my future.

"My strength and endurance have been challenged, as well as my outer appearance. Financial security is no longer an option."

The movie I could watch over and over again is ... "Avatar."

When I need to unwind, I ... "go in my garden."

My guilty pleasure is ... "chocolate."

If I could tell my 20-year-old self something, it would be ... "Don't take anything for granted."

I cherish my relationship with ... "my sister, Colleen."

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