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As someone who has lost a family member to breast cancer and has watched another family member go through the mastectomies and reconstruction surgeries and is now a breast cancer survivor, the story I read today of a spunky paralegal and her battle and survival of breast cancer made me realize just how strong we women are.  (Well, I actually knew that but this just cements it.)

Alicia Joy Bloom, Paralegal and Breast Cancer Survivor

Alecia Joy Bloom is a paralegal with Proskaeur Rose in Newark and she says that her spunky, no-holds-barred attitude has served her well not only as a paralegal but a cancer survivor.   As a paralegal I can attest that we have to be tough women in our field and perhaps this is what helped her fight this tough battle.  When Ms. Bloom was diagnosed in 2003 with two types of cancers: intraductal, the most common kind, and invasive, the type that is already attacking other tissue, she kept her cool and courage, fought through it, and dealt with her fears and other questions, like when she was asked about her illness by her then-landlord.  She said,  “He asked me, ‘Are you afraid of dying?’ and she said, ‘No, I’m going to get through this, and I’m going to be fine. It’s going to be six months of a stumbling block, and then I will be fine.'”

Ms. Bloom says her family and friends gave her confidence, positivity and hope.  “I said to them, ‘You can take my boobs, but you can’t take my life.'”  Ms. Bloom is active with the Middlesex County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and will host an upcoming fun-draiser.

According to the article, Ms. Bloom has always been a get-up-and-go person and she was just going to keep going during this tough time.   She believes we are here to do something more with your life if you can see the bigger picture through the whole thing.   She felt that breast cancer for her was a gift and that you can show women that you can be strong, sexy, smart and still live a healthy life.

This month of October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are many fundraisers going on, you can check your local area to volunteer, donate or join an event, by going here.

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