(L-R) Regina’s parents Romeo and Josefina Quizon, Regina and her husband Sonny Dimayacyac, and Regina’s brother and sister Jose Quizon and Maria Quizon.
© 2011 Mark Jason Photography
Breast cancer survivor since 2009
What does being a Survivor mean to you?
It means triumph and success. It was February 17, 2009 when I first heard the words “It’s positive, you have breast cancer”. I was shocked but I didn’t cry or ask why. I told my loved ones but I don’t think they had a chance to process it as much because I said it as if I was announcing we were going mountain climbing and we have to go right away. We looked at each other and without saying it out loud we understood that we were all in the climb. We planned carefully and wisely together every step of the way. We prayed a lot and we also laughed a lot. In August 2009, after my last chemotherapy we celebrated as if we reached the top of the mountain. We did it, and we said “It’s all downhill from here.”
How has being a Survivor affected your life?
It strengthened the bond I have with my family especially my brother who shaved his head when I had to shave mine. It helped me know who my real and true friends are. Since I was already an outgoing and talkative person then, being a survivor gave me a great subject matter to talk about. After all that I have been through last year, my life is richer and fuller now.
How would you like to be photographed?
I would like to be photographed with my family (my husband, parents, sister and brother) in New York City. It is reminiscent of the great fun and success we had at our first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last year.