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At my age of 19 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember being shocked as if that could have never happened to my mom. Well it did. In our family we have a maternal and paternal female history of breast cancer. When I first processed the news about my mother I started studying the causes and effects of the cancer. I was in shock to believe (at that age) that diet, stress, enviorment and loss could directly make one suffer and eventually be diagnosed with cancer.

I have since that very moment decided to study ways to combat all the above. When I was studying theatre at New York University I began taking extra curricular courses in breathing and meditation. Taking these courses were the beginning of a ongoing study of nutrition, stress relief, yoga and overall wellness. Manhattan was a fantastic location to explore all these new concepts for me and create a healthier version of myself. I changed my diet to become a vegetarian and became certified in nutritional health. I also continued on to complete a Vippassana mediation course, pilates mat and Ashtanga Yoga certification.

Here are some facts for all of you to consider according to US breast cancer statisitcs:

1 in 8 women in the US about 12.4% will develop invasive breast cancer over a course of her lifetime.

The countries with the top 20 highest incidents of breast caner are Belgium being the highest and followed by Denmark and the Netherlands.

About 40,920 women in the U.S are expected to die from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989.

Being able to participate and be an ambassador for the Dragon Boat Festival this July 3-8, 2018 summer in Florence, Italy I hope to be able to share my knowledge of health and wellness in healing and preventing breast cancer.

I believe that if we treat our bodies like temples they will stay healthy and free of disease.

For any questions or wanted information regarding nutritional and wellness direction please feel free to get in touch.

melissa@summitorganization.com

To health and happiness!

Melissa