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Andrea Romeiser

Andrea Romeiser

After reading Andrea Romeiser’s story in Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy, one can’t help but be inspired. Her 2 ½-year journey of triumphing over breast cancer stands as a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Throughout her experience of numerous surgeries (10 total!), Andrea maintained her determination to experience life with a humorous attitude.

It has often been said that the healing process lasts long after being “cured” of a particular health issue. For Andrea, a registered nurse who works in southwest Missouri, this healing comes in the form of traditions. In addition to her annual participation in the Relay for Life, Andrea and four of her friends can be seen having fun in Las Vegas. This yearly trip is taken during December to commemorate the month in which Andrea’s cancer was removed. After hearing Andrea talk about this Famous Vegas Trip, it is clear that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!!”

At the heart of these traditions – the Relay for Life and the Vegas trip – is the idea of celebrating life; the simple yet profound fact that we are on this Earth to enjoy another year of life. Whether Andrea is spending a week in Nevada or organizing a Relay, she uses these traditions to continue her healing process.

For more on Andrea’s amazing story of battling breast cancer, be sure to read her story in “Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy.”