Welcome to Vanessa Rotondo's personal page
My name is Vanessa Rotondo and I am a breast cancer survivor!
Last year on January 30, 2017 I was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer, an aggressive form, at only 31 years old.
I never expected to face such a life-changing challenge at such a young age, but with the love and support of so many friends, family, health practitioners and doctors, I made it through a tough 10 months of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and herceptin treatments.
While undergoing the thick of radiation, I ran my first CIBC Run for the Cure 5km and made it in 45 minutes. Team LoVe was made up of over 25 amazing people who walked and ran beside me; who encouraged me to keep going; who cheered me on and who helped me raise over $4,000 for breast cancer programming and research. I was so amazed and inspired by all the helping hands and hearts, including those from complete strangers, who reached out to show their love and support.
When I reflect on the past year, I am incredibly aware of the fact that I could not have beaten my battle without the circle of people who lifted me up, made me stronger, taught me what it was to have faith, and who fueled me with unrelenting encouragement and inspiration. I know for certain that I wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the acts of kindness that were bestowed upon me; the shoulders that were offered to me to lean on; the ears that listened to my fears and sorrows; and the lips that uttered prayers in my name.
That's why I feel so called to act in gratitude for all the goodness that has blessed me and in service of all those who now need the same goodness to push through their race.
The truth is that sometimes the hardest things in life are also the most rewarding. And even though you may not be able to see it while you're just trying to put one foot in front of the other, there is collateral beauty in even the ugliest of the things.
I am finding beauty in my renewed life every day.
Come help me spread the beauty by joining Team LoVe and running with me on September 30, 2018!