For the last 5 years, Tangram has organized a team to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Orange County. We have grown into one of the largest teams and this year is no different with almost 200 people joining us this Sunday in Newport Beach. Although there are the obvious reasons for supporting the cause – like the fact that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime along with 1900 men each year – there are more personal reasons for us here at Tangram. Several of our current employees are cancer-free survivors and have shared their personal and inspiring stories with us this year to encourage others to join in, one of which has graciously decided to share her story with you as well.
Kristin Mehl is one of the newest members of the Tangram Family joining us earlier this summer as an Account Executive on the Tangram Health+Space team. Yet, she is an industry veteran with years of industry experience working together with designers and healthcare businesses to help furnish the healthcare facilities of tomorrow. But Kristin’s intimate involvement with healthcare facilities goes beyond her professional experience. Here is Kristin’s story in her own words:
In September 2009 I had a mammogram that would change my life. I was called back to do another mammogram, but found myself too busy with daily life, work, caring for others and not following up. I finally went back January 2010 for a follow up mammogram.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in January 2010.
It seems, one day you can be on top of the world and the next entering a dark tunnel to fight the fight.
I found myself walking in a breast cancer coma, going from one doctor’s appointment to the next, test after test, pre op, surgeries, and more hospital visits. I couldn’t believe this was real.
On March 5, 2010 I had a double mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction using my own stomach and muscle tissue; a nine hour surgery. I asked the doctor, “So you’re going to do a tummy tuck and boob job?” I asked, “Can I get fries with that shake?”
Thanks to all my amazing family, friends and colleagues, I am a survivor!!
I am cancer free
I am Re-manufactured
I am Cradle to cradle Platinum LEED Certified
I am woman, hear me roar.