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Life & Work with Dr. Nicole Robinson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nicole Robinson.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
First, thank you for allowing me to share my story. Wow, where do I start… I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Mammary Carcinoma, “Breast Cancer,” as we know it. But still today, when I think back when it all began, I recall how I dismissed and ignored all the warning signs.

At the age 46, my once simple life was abruptly put on hold as I grappled with the big “C.” Like many who receive the news of a cancer diagnosis; I thought, “why me and why now?”

When hearing the word “cancer,” somehow, the mind is triggered; a trauma infused word that immediately causes a state of mental paralysis. Paralysis perpetuated by fear, an outright shift causing feelings of hopelessness and despair.

But for me, cancer hit a little different. I’m a firm believer that the universe has a way of revealing small pieces of your destiny through tragedy; a road map that leads to purpose.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate, nor does the scars it leaves behind.

I reference my struggles with cancer as scars; my hidden gems masked behind a fractured smile buried deep within in the beauty of a woman. “That woman is me!” My hidden gems, my secrets, my scars, now hardened and buried beneath the surface; rare to the naked eye, holding intricate details of pain that still remains. If you look deeply into my eyes, they carry untold stories of triumph.

When thinking of my own personal scars, I can’t help but think of my breaking point. Having to fight with insurance companies, advocating for access to adequate care, unexpected expenses, and financial hardship is another unspoken truth of a cancer patient. Have you noticed noone ever talks to you about the cost of cancer…? Silent scars that grossly impact, mental health, physical acceptance, and breeds financial toxicity. The cost of the disease can be financially debilitating. Sadly enough, patients and families encounter surmounting medical expenses. It makes me question. Why aren’t we having these conversations? But you must become your own advocate to amplify the power of your voice to speak out and share your story.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My work as an advocate, thriver, business executive, podcast host, and non-profit founder; all of which contribute to the conversation of my triumph and journey against the odds. Battling and surviving cancer is a continuous fight and I honestly support focusing on mental health.

But I am most proud of Hatz 4 Hearts, we’re a small nonprofit who support and uplift cancer patients and survivors. Hatz is my gift, my ministry, and reminder to live and impact change while in his journey. “If cancer doesn’t take a break, neither will I”. It’s about making slight changes in your lifestyle, being present, and being vulnerable enough in telling your truth to help others on the road to healing.

As the prevalence of cancer-related diagnoses and deaths continues to be highest amongst the African American community, my foundation is continually focused on efforts to serve others in the community. Together, we can change the narrative.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Like many cities, it’s a city faced with challenges but at the heart, there is Hope.

I must mention many other small businesses and non-profit organizations who are the on ground foot soldiers making a difference in the community. Hats off to you! Keep making change and impacting lives of others. #Thrive

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