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Woman's Battle With Cancer Inspires Motherhood, Entrepreneurship

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Kimberly Fink is hoping to help other fighters in the enduring the emotional and physical battle of cancer. Kimberly Fink is hoping to help other fighters in the enduring the emotional and physical battle of cancer.
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“I remember thinking how ironic it was… telling me on Mother’s Day, you’re not going to be able children, and you have cancer,” said Kimberly Fink.

It was May of 2011 when the Alabama native learned news of a diagnosis that forever shaped her life. Fink, an editorial and event stylist, had recently gotten married. She had also just begun taking steps of having a child with her husband Owen.

The 32-year old had what she calls a normal lifestyle until she felt abnormal pains and signs that gave her an intuition to see a doctor.

A medical report revealed Kimberly had a uterine papillary serous carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of endometrial cancer. Moments into learning she was now battling a deadly disease; doctors told her even more heartbreaking news. Kimberly would have to get a hysterectomy and would no longer able to birth a child.

“It’s crazy because it’s such a shock, you think it’s inevitable that you’ll be able to have children,” she said. “It makes you realize that you are not in control. It’s not up to you.”

Kimberly could not believe how quickly one diagnosis had changed her outlook on life. The cancer was growing so fast that her odds of surviving were decreasing with each week. It was her now her personal mission to fight this unknown and scary battle.

“During treatment I didn’t have time to mourn the loss of my fertility–I was focused on surviving,” she said.

For nearly a year, Fink endured months of fighting the disease and the emotional toll it had taken on her self-esteem. One day doctors gave her the news she could have only pray for. She was declared in remission.

“I had one of those dramatic, made-for-TV moments. I went into the changing room at the cancer center and let myself slide down the wall and slump in to a little ball. After putting aside my emotions for a year to survive treatment I let myself feel for the first time,” she said.

Kimberly thought she could finally put the pieces of her life together that cancer took, but deep down she felt something was missing.

“Infertility was a crushing blow to how I had always imagined my life. I daydreamed about what my children would have looked like. I blamed myself for putting my career first and waiting for the “right time” to get pregnant. I wondered if my husband wanted to leave me now that I couldn’t carry a child. I began to get angry,” Kimberly said.

Listening to her friends complain about their children and celebrate pregnancies, Kimberly knew she wanted a child. She says that part of her was still dying inside.

She needed another treatment that would heal her spirit, so the survivor took a trip to Hawaii with Camp Koru, an adventure retreat program that empowers young cancer fighters.

It was on that journey, that she let go of the anxiety of feeling isolated. Kimberly had now met other survivors who showed her life after cancer.

“I could feel hope growing inside me,” she said.

Kimberly now had the courage to begin planning for the future with Owen. The couple decided to adopt.

Months later, Owen and Kimberly received a phone call that would forever change their lives once again. The couple had been chosen by a young birth mother to receive their new child, a beautiful baby boy.

Fate came full circle when they met their son’s birth mother. Kimberly was chosen as a parent because the women giving up her child’s mother was battling cancer.

“I knew if you could survive cancer, you were strong enough to raise a baby,” Kimberly recalled the conversation of the two new mothers.

Baby Oliver’s grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer at the same time. Kimberly says they had received chemo at the same hospital, sometimes even on the same days.

“The one reason I thought that no one would want to give me a child was precisely why I had been chosen,” she said.

Now Kimberly Fink, an East Falls resident, is hoping to help other fighters enduring the emotional and physical battle of cancer.

“You get tons of people who come around in the beginning and in the middle of your treatment. It’s in those moments when there are not many people around that are the toughest,” she told FOX 29.

While trying to stay positive and keep her head in the right space, she says she wanted to make something specific for patients.

The idea of Treatmint box came from a conversation she had with her best friend and now business partner Wendy Nichols.

Wendy was one of the people Kimberly turned to after receiving her diagnosis. Wendy’s life has also been touched by cancer, as both her mother and late father-in-law were diagnosed with ovarian and colon cancer.

“If you haven’t experienced cancer, you won’t know what to do or say,” Kimberly said.

Utilizing her experience in the design industry, she created TREATMiNT, as a way for patients to feel the support of their loved ones throughout their journey.

How it works: Friends, family and caregivers can send a one-time box or set up a subscription. Subscriptions are designed in three, six, or twelve month delivery increments. Each month, TREATMiNT will deliver a different box full of surprises right to their loved one’s door.

The items in each box change monthly and are selected for cancer patients and survivors—by cancer patients and survivors: think gorgeous art prints, all-natural beauty products, cozy socks, organic scarves, tech goodies and tried-and-tested snacks.

Now, three year’s after a heartbreaking diagnosis, the mother, wife and entrepreneur is reflecting on Mother’s Day with a future she hoped for during her days in confined inside hospital room.

She says she’s on a mission to let patients know they have support throughout their journey.

“There is plan for you; a part of the process is healing. You don’t have feel ashamed about your battle, “she said.

TREATMiNT launches on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th during the 24th Annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.

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