30 Aug Hilton San Diego Bayfront rallies behind employee with Stage IV breast cancer
HILTON SAN DIEGO BAYFRONT JOINS THE BREAST CANCER MOVEMENT TO BRING AWARENESS AND SUPPORT TO THOSE CLOSE TO HOME
Hi, my name is Cassie. I am the Director of Human Resources at Hilton San Diego Bayfront. I am mom to a wonderful 9 year old, and I am a wife of 15 years. Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a fan of putting your personal business out on social media, but when your life circumstances change, perhaps so do the rules you’ve always played by. My Cinco de Mayo celebration this year included a call from the doctor that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that it had spread to my lymph nodes. The photo of me in front of the palm tree was taken one day before I found the lump. This is what Stage 4 looks like. I am a healthy, active, 41-year-old female and I had no symptoms and no genetic predisposition for cancer. Let my story be the reminder to do your self-examinations every month on the 7th day after your period starts. Guys, get your stuff checked too – cancer is an equal opportunity disease.
“Cancer picked the wrong person. Myself and my tribe will fight this and we will beat it so we can get back to the business of living our lives – not cancer’s.” – Cassie
In my life I wear many hats, figuratively and literally (you should see my hat collection now). Cancer affects every aspect of your life and can be extremely lonely; at the end of the day it’s ultimately just you, your body, and your mind. It honestly takes a tribe of people supporting you, and you knowing your boundaries to get through it. I made the decision to continue working through my chemo and setting limits has helped me continue to do the best that I can at work. Our hotel has been incredibly supportive throughout this entire process, and I am incredibly thankful to my team for all that they have done.
I am thankful that our hotel continues to be a partner of Susan G. Komen San Diego and I am determined to walk on November 5, after finishing my final treatment on October 20, with many of you.
Cancer picked the wrong person. Myself and my tribe will fight this and we will beat it so we can get back to the business of living our lives – not cancer’s.