Thank YOU for participating and sharing your story. When you spoke at our first Kick Off Breakfast, your journey really touched Angie, and me. As the year progressed and the gala planning started to come together, I could not get your story out of my head. I was important to me to give you the platform you truly deserved to share your journey, and inspire others. Needless to say, you delivered big time! Attendees are still telling me how moved they were by you. I will certainly keep you in mind for any future things that I might participate in."
Chairman of Sony/Atv Music Publishing
Kara's Korner Ep: 2 (Kommah McDowell) Hidden Treasure
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City of Hope | National Cancer Survivors Day 2011 - Kommah McDowell
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Living with the mindset of IMPOSSIBILITY changes ones perception of themself, those around them and the world. Often times we are trapped in our own minds, circumstance, or environment that stifles possibilities in what seems to be impossibile. As one who is a POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBLE, Kommah is a huge proponent for pushing beyond one's expectations of any situation and striving for IMPOSSIBILITY.
SURVIVORSHIP & ADVOCACY
Kommah was given a life expectancy of 2 years in 2005. She now lives beyond the statistics for Triple Negative Inflammatory Breast Cancer Survivors. As a survivor treading the way for uncharted stats, Kommah lives to encourage cancer survivors to make a difference in the extended life they were blessed with. She also honors the survivorship of loved ones and caregivers, who often go unnoticed. They too are survivors and deserve kudos for their unwavering support.
THE POWER OF BELIEF
As a Christian, Kommah held fast to her faith in God throughout her journey. She knows that the Lord orchestrated every aspect of her life and she NEVER ask, "Why me"? She believes that the Lord made her strong enough to endure the trials of her life and if He saw fit, she would live to tell about it beyond treatment. Gratefully, she is here and is honored to carry the torch for those who rest in peace and support those who are in the fight of their lives.
Kommah knows first hand the journey of breast cancer. Not only is she a survivor, she was the Founder and Executive Director of her own breast cancer organization for 9 years. She now sits as the Chair of the Board for Breast Cancer Solutions, based in Orange County, CA. Kommah is well versed in the cancer journey from her personal experience and through the her work as a patient advocate. Kommah gives the patient perspective through workshops, presentations, and/or as a panelist, she has provided valuable insight about the treatment journey for patients and caregivers.
Understanding one's purpose is integral to what motivates you in life. Sadly, many struggle with identifying purpose in their lives, thus, lacking motivation to do anything fulfilling with their lives. In such a microwave society, it is easy to be distracted by what is going on around you and forgetting about who YOU are. Oftentimes, life has a way of getting our attention, which then forces us to look in the mirror at our true self. Who am I? What am I doing? Where am I going? What is my Purpose? At the mercy of a horrific diagnosis, Kommah found her purpose for her second chance at life. What is yours?
Relationships are successful with there is communication. Kommah and her husband, Charles, experienced many obstacles within their marriage as a result of several outside forces; cancer, adoption, surgeries, depression, and more. Through wise counsel, they were able to navigate there relationship in such a way that drew them closer together. They were and still are able to have "hard conversations" when necessary. Even today, they continue to refine their intimacy as they balance Kommah's post-treatment limitations and keeping each of their love-tanks full.
Change is very difficult for many people and it is especially challenging in organizations. Kommah is a known change agent. She thrives on promoting healthy change and encouraging others through the process. As a speaker, she is very charismatic and captivating, thus highly influential. She is very intentional and passionate about the need for change, while understanding the fear of change from those impacted by it.
Kommah wholeheartedly believes it takes a village to raise a family. She also believes that it takes a village to support a family through treatment. As a patient, Kommah, witnessed other patients having to decide if they should use the little money they had to buy food for their family, put gas in their car, or continue treatment. Kommah fundamentally believes that NO ONE should have to choose to die because they can't afford to live. Therefore, Kommah promotes and beats the drum for organizations that provide financial assistance to patients in treatment. She knows, this type of village is a help out, not a handout and someone has to help keep families in tact.