By Lisa Treiber-Walter —
“Cancer has not defined me — it has refined me.”
That is Fredericksburg resident Donna McMahon’s perspective after she fought against breast cancer for 18 months with multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy and is now six-and-a-half-years cancer free.
“The experience has tuned me in to life one more level,” she said.
Her story could have played out very differently and that’s why she reaches out to others now to offer her support, her experience and to help create awareness.
The news that she had “invasive ductal carcinoma” came as something of a shock.
Several years ago, she and her husband, Cavan, had sold their business, bought a sailboat and were destined to sail the Caribbean.
“Since we had good insurance, we had our battery of tests done because we were about to leave the country. Everything was good,” she said.