Someone You Should Know: Surviving and Thriving with Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; time that has always been a busy one for breast cancer advocate, Colleen Schurrer.
She’s been involved with Susan G. Komen events for years.
“It was so easy because it was never anything for us,” said Schurrer. “It was always something for someone else.”
Colleen’s other passion is teaching yoga at Revolution Yoga and Cycle, a practice she fell in love with 18 years ago.
However, this last August, after a routine mammogram, Colleen got the phone call no one wants to receive. Colleen learned that ironically, she also had breast cancer.
“Don’t think just because you think you have a healthy lifestyle and you don’t have any family history that things aren’t gonna happen to you,” said Colleen.
Despite her diagnosis, “slowing down” just isn’t in this grandmother’s vocabulary.
Just two weeks after receiving a double mastectomy, Colleen was already back to the yoga mat, a place where she feels most at home.
“In some ways it was like maybe a little bit much, but it just felt so good to be doing like your normal life,” said Colleen.
Her volunteerism with breast cancer survivors hasn’t taken a backseat either. In fact, Colleen is collecting bras for women in need for a new non-profit called Bra-vo Bold.
“She’s very genuine and open about her journey and showing that staying strong and preserving you really can overcome anything,” said Ellie Highstreet of Bra-vo Bold.
Despite the challenges, gratitude is always her attitude.
“Breath is the first thing that you draw from this earth when you’re born, and it’s the last thing you leave when you leave this earth,” Colleen said. “So those two things are for sure, and all of your other breaths in between are up to you to decide what you’re going to do with them.”