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I'M Anne-charlotte

A Guide to Knowing Me Better!

About Moi: 

Hey there! My name is Anne-Charlotte and I currently live in Miami, Florida. Besides Miami I've also lived in Virginia, England, and Connecticut. I went to Nova Southeastern University where I received both a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I’m the first American in my family. My dad is German and my mother was French. Growing up I spoke English, French, and German, and since living in South Florida I can add Spanish to the list. In Miami I’m lucky to be surrounded by my amazing friends, my father, boyfriend, and my beagle.

 

The Real Reason Why I'm here:

Well, the reason is my mom. My mother battled breast cancer for eight years. In 2008 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, the doctors caught it early enough so, one round of radiation was going to be sufficient for killing the cancer cells. After her rounds of radiation were completed we were happy to hear that the cancer cells had vanished. 

In 2013 my mother began to frequently complain about back pain. In the beginning her initial thoughts were “I’ll just take an Advil and the pain will pass.” But, my mom’s pain didn’t pass, it got worse, and we soon came to realize something just wasn't right. After numerous amounts of X-rays and blood work, we got the news that mom’s breast cancer came back. My mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is a type of breast cancer that spreads beyond the breast to other organs. In my mom’s case the cancer had spread to her bones.

Throughout the next four years my mom went through many different kinds of treatment. She did chemotherapy (orally) and also by intravenous (IV), radiation to her breasts and towards the end of the treatment also her brain.

If there is one thing I can say about my mother is that she will always remain one of the strongest, bravest, most courageous women I know. Between the weekly doctors visits, body changes, and the list goes on, she refused let cancer steal her life. She continued to live her regular day-to-day life as best as she could and as long as she could.

In May 2016 (memorial weekend) my mom had a seizure. She was rushed to the hospital where she stayed for 3 days undertaking more exam, but we left the hospital with a feeling of uncertainty. What happened 3 months after my mom's seizure was something that none of us were ever going to be prepared for… Below is a picture of my mother

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Isn’t she beautiful? 

My mother was more than just my mother. She was my best friend, my mentor, my go-to person for advice, showed me unconditional love, and somehow always had a way of showing me that everything is going to be ok in this world. My mother sadly passed away on August 25, 2016. I will forever cherish her and keep all of my memories of her close to my heart.

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