Survivor Spectrum: Meet Timea Gaines

Your mind arrives at a destination before your life does. If you can get your mind there, your body will follow.
— Timea Gaines
Timea Gaines. Photo: Timea Gaines

Timea Gaines. Photo: Timea Gaines

SO EXCITED to kick off my new "Survivor Spectrum" series! (As a young breast cancer survivor, I rarely saw anyone that looked like me in chemo rooms or support groups. Usually the only one without grey hair, I rarely see young survivors — especially survivors of color — represented within the cancer community, and I can't wait to share our inspiring stories here!)

Thank you so much to my incredible triple-negative breast cancer survivor sister, Timea Gaines, for sharing her AMAZING story as my inaugural guest! Read on. 

Founder of Love Life Media, LLC (a brand strategy firm taking emerging brands and crafting them into unforgettable parts of consumers' everyday lives) and SheROCKS (an event celebrating women in the arts), the incredible Timea Gaines is one busy founder! As a PR & entertainment entrepreneur, Timea has made it her duty to use her platform as a space to not only empower women, but to be the “bridge of letting other people get to their destiny.” 

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, Timea wanted to bring awareness to the ongoing fight survivors face after we have overcome cancer. Whether it is financial, emotional, spiritual, or mental, cancer has some impact on our lives even long after we have "won the battle." After surveying more than 105 cancer survivors, she created Fight After the Fight, Inc., an organization that helps survivors transition back into everyday life after their battle.

Thank you so much for speaking with us! First, where can we find you online?

You can follow me on all social media platforms @timeagofficial. (Soon, you can also find me on LoveLifeMedia.com and TimeaG.com.)

What was your diagnosis and at what age? 

Stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer at the age of 27.

What was your course of treatment?

Chemotherapy, lumpectomy, and radiation. 

Timea and her port, during chemotherapy treatment for Stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer. Photo: Timea Gaines

Timea and her port, during chemotherapy treatment for Stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer. Photo: Timea Gaines

What was your (professional) life like before diagnosis?

I was a full-time entrepreneur of a brand strategy firm and definitely a full-time workaholic. Everything was work, church, and home. 

How has your (professional) life changed AFTER cancer?

I am more fearless now than I was prior to cancer. My faith has increased tremendously; I am intentional about putting self-care first. I am now rebuilding my firm post-cancer.

What's your best advice for someone who is newly diagnosed?

Your mind arrives at a destination before your life does. If you can get your mind there, your body will follow. We are all stronger than we think we are and as long as you remember that, it will help pull you through your journey.

What breast cancer resources do you recommend?

To be honest, the best resource is other survivors. Connect with people who have been where you currently are. It helps a lot.

What resources are missing that you would like to see?

I believe there should be more resources about how to transition post-cancer. A lot of survivors I meet are still enduring daily battles even after overcoming cancer.

Who inspires you?

Yvonne Orji, Bozoma Saint John, Marie Forleo, and my mom.

Beautiful Timea, post-cancer. Photo: Timea Gaines

Beautiful Timea, post-cancer. Photo: Timea Gaines

What are five fun facts that we may not know about you? 

  1. I love tea.
  2. I used to be a theatre actress. 
  3. I am a published poet.
  4. Strawberries are my favorite fruit.
  5. I love fresh-cut flowers.

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