Faces of a Warrior: Pamela Moreno

Stories of Surviving and Thriving

June 19, 2016
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Age: 48
Profession: Stay at home mom
Type of Breast Cancer: Stage 3 
Number of years as a survivor: 4 years
Relationship to Susan G. Komen: Komen Fundraiser


My name is Pamela and I am a breast cancer survivor. In 2012, I got the news that no woman ever wants to hear, “you have breast cancer.” At first, when I heard the words I thought she meant I “might” have breast cancer. It was as if I was in the middle of a bad dream. Once I was able to process my diagnosis, I decided to put it in God’s hands and not let it beat me. 

Following my stage 3 diagnosis, I underwent an aggressive treatment plan that included 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 30 rounds of radiation, a double mastectomy and a total hysterectomy, followed by breast reconstruction surgery. I now have many battle scars, but they have become a reminder of my courage and will to survive. 

I often tell people that not only did both of my grandmothers have breast cancer, but so did my Boston Terrier, Molly. She went through cancer alongside me and now we are both survivors. 

Cancer has opened my eyes to a world that is truly a gift, and taught me not to stress about things beyond my control. It also helped me realize the true meaning of friendship and family love. Without the support of so many, I would have lost my will to conquer this cancer. With their support, I never let my cancer get the best of me. I continued to live my life as if I had never been diagnosed.  

Just one day after my second chemo treatment I participated in the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure…and completed the whole 5K! Three days after my last chemo treatment I boarded a plane and took my dream trip to Paris, France. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, canning jams, tending to my vegetable garden and doing the things I love with the people I love.  I am determined to live life to the fullest and I now leave everything in God’s hands. 

My breast cancer journey has also brought me closer to my family – my husband Julio of 22 years and my two sons Jonathan and Jordan. I now take life one day at a time and give thanks for every waking moment that I get to spend with the people I love most. 

It has been a long journey, but God is great and life is good.

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About the Faces of a Warrior Campaign

Last year, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®, Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale teamed with 101.5 LITE FM to launch the Faces of a Warrior campaign. 

To mark the 21st Annual Race for the Cure®, Komen is spotlighting 21 survivors to represent each year the Race has run. These individuals are sharing their stories of strength and resilience -- not just of surviving breast cancer, but thriving in spite of it.

Read the stories of more Warriors here

For more information on the Faces of a Warrior campaign -- and other ways you can get involved in the Race for the Cure® -- please email info@komenmiaftl.org or call 954-909-0454