To kick off our Fearlessness series, I am bringing to you an incredibly special person in my life. This woman has literally laughed alongside me in all the seasons from awkward, exuberant high school years to companionship in our twenties, through husbands, and babies, loss, and life shift. She is a seriously bright light in this world, and I know you will love her story.
Kyleen Engelstad is a wife and mother and works as a benefits consultant with Marsh & McLennan Agency. Kyleen has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years. She enjoys helping employers provide a solution that not only makes their lives and jobs easier, but also serves as a great opportunity for their employees. . Kyleen holds a degree in Business Management from Bethel University, which she earned tenaciously after her life path was derailed in her early twenties from a fearful diagnosis. Kyleen is a breast cancer survivor and remains in advocacy for others through her work on the American Cancer Society Legacy Ball Event Committee.
In today’s episode, Kyleeen shares with us her experience being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at a young age, the fears she faced after cancer subsided, and she shares with us great wisdom from lessons she gained forging through the fear. I am incredibly in awe of Kyleen, and anyone who knows her cannot help but get caught up in her light, laughter, and spirit. It is a treasured and deep honor to share with you Kyleen Engelstad’s fearlessness story.
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The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
According to the American Cancer Society,
● About 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
● About 62,930 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is noninvasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
● About 41,760 women will die from breast cancer.
Trends in breast cancer incidence In recent years, incidence rates have increased slightly (by 0.4% per year).
Trends in deaths related to breast cancer have decreased, and they assert can be related to early screenings and better treatments.
To honor Kyleen’s story and all the precious ones in my life touched by this disease, I put out a call to action for you to remember to complete your own monthly exam and share this story so that others will remember to do so as well. We rise by lifting others, and you have an opportunity to do that today using the hashtag #InAWEtoRISE.