Survivor, Ovarian Cancer

Strength, resilience, and positivity are just a few of the ways to describe Sandra. These are the qualities she would come to rely on when she was diagnosed with an advanced stage of ovarian cancer while living and teaching in Taiwan in October of 2016. Two years later, after several surgeries and yet another recurrence, Sandra would find herself in Boston receiving best-in-class care from, as she says, incredible minds working to solve ovarian cancer. Her ovarian cancer journey continues today, but Sandra’s light shines brightly as ever. She paints. She camps. She goes on long bike rides. She’s keeping her mind sharp with classes at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement and she’s active in a variety of support groups. There’s never a dull moment in Sandra’s life and it’s why we find, in her, inspiration.