Katie Jozwicki - Master's: Marketing, 2007

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Katie Jozwicki

I still remember almost a year ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. It was the Monday of midterm’s week in my second year of business school.

I have always been a bit of a control freak and often planned my life down to the last detail. When cancer struck me, I was in the midst of interviewing for a new career and completing my MBA. Quickly control was taken away from me by my diagnosis and for a while I did not know what each day would bring, making it impossible to plan ahead. This has relieved a huge amount of stress in my day-to-day life. I no longer feel the need to plan every detail and I am more accepting of the fact that I cannot control everything.

Before cancer I never felt passion, not for a person, not for a cause. Now I understand what it means to feel passion, passion to learn more about cancer, passion to improve my own health and body, and passion to find ways to help other young adult cancer survivors. I hope to gain a better understanding of how my mental strength can be transformed into physical strength and wellness.

I would never have made it through my treatment without my classmates, friends, professors and the staff at McCombs.

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