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In Health,A. Dedmon, MPH, CHES®
Founder and Owner, Pink Legacy 50/50
Follow Ashley on Instagram @pinklegacy5050
I just launched my book on how to explain a breast cancer diagnosis to young children. The book is entitled, “The Big Discovery,” and it serves as an educational tool to assist families and children in navigating through their cancer journey. Although the treatment process is introduced, it is left open, so families can navigate through their options and make informed decisions.This resource aims to help facilitate one of the most difficult conversations a mother could have with her children to help them understand the importance of early detection, testing, and the diagnosis of breast cancer. Inspiring real-life cancer survivor stories are featured, as well as a glossary with open-ended questions to help prompt dialogue and check for understanding.Follow on IG @thebigdiscoveybook and learn more about my journey at www.pinklegacy.com
1. Tell me a time when you were your happiest?
I was the most happiest when my mother was alive and healthy and we would spend time as mother and daughter. Today, it’s that same feeling of spending time with my daughter and handing “girl time” that makes me even happier.
2. How did you know what you wanted to do in life?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do early on in life, I knew God called me to educate, help and serve others, but I didn’t know how. It wasn’t until my mother lost her battle to stage IV metastatic breast cancer and my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, that I for a further glimpse into my purpose in life. I have always had a passion for health and disease prevention, but it really took shape with I found out I was BRCA2 positive and had a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, after 10 years of increased surveillance. I want people to be educate on the importance of their health, and to have the tools and resources to make informed health decisions.
3. What is your greatest struggle right now?
Balancing and simplifying life. I can’t do it all, and I’m not made to do it all. I can’t lean to my own power and understanding. I do what I can, and leave the rest to Christ.
4. What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self be more confident, be patient, trust the process, and your victorious!
5. What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness is my complete faith in God. I’m human and not perfect, so there are times I doubt and make mistakes, but He loves me, and God’s unwavering loves make me happy!
6. How do you define your happiness?
Giving and serving others with my time, talent, and treasure. Servanthood!
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