Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Do you believe in miracles?

Editor's Note: Tami Boehmer is a bundle of energy. As you will read in her story, her stage 4 diagnosis motivated her to start writing an inspiring book and blog. 

After years of working in public relations at hospitals and other health care institutions, I was suddenly thrust into life as a patient.
On February 4, 2008, I learned I had a recurrence of breast cancer–just months after my five-year, cancer-free anniversary. This time I was told it spread to distant lymph nodes and my liver. One doctor told me, “You could live two years or 20 years, but you’ll die from breast cancer.”

At first I was devastated, but soon got angry. How does she know how long I have to live? She doesn’t know me and how determined I am!
I needed to talk with other cancer survivors who didn’t accept doctors’ predictions--people who beat the odds. And I was determined to find out how they did it so I could do it myself.  So I started searching for “miracle survivors” nationwide for my book, From Incurable to Incredible: Cancer Survivors Who Beat the Odds. I found them through reporter networks, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and mentioning my project to everyone I knew. I didn’t limit my search to breast cancer survivors; my only requirement was having a dire prognosis and an incredible drive to overcome it.
Their stories helped drown out my fears and negative thinking. I knew if they could do it, I could too. I wanted to share their inspirational stories with others.

I also started a blog,, to find more stories, and share them and things that have contributed to my health and changing outlook. A couple of visitors have even connected with survivors with the same cancer diagnosis as a result of the blog.
I feel as if I’m fulfilling God’s purpose for me through this work. It has taught me cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. It can be the start of a life sentence, though. Like the people I’ve interviewed, cancer was the beginning of a new way; one of appreciation, hope, and discovering one’s potential.
Tami is also a member of the support group Pink Ribbon Girls, and recently attended the Young Survivor's Conference in Atlanta.


  1. God Bless You,and keep your strength and wisdom. We are all here for one another

  2. thanks for the comment Brianne...welcome to Loop!

  3. It's amazing what breast cancer can make us do!
    Congratulations on your book, that is a wonderful achievement. Your story is very inspirational.
    I was diagnosed on Feb. 4, 2004, with lobular cancer. I just passed my sixth anniversary.
    Best wishes with your blog, too. Keep up the good work!
    Thanks for sharing your story, Tami!

  4. Tami,
    It makes me smile to read your story, to shout YES YOU CAN!!! and to recall what we all know: Attitude is everything. And yours is a gift.
    Looking forward to your book and staying in touch with you.
    Hugs to you,

    And thank you Suzanne for "the loop." I love it!

  5. Great to see so many wonderful strong women helping each other stay strong and be real. Thank you. It helps.