Kristen Collins is a former elementary school teacher, now stay at home mother to her three children: 4 year old twins, Cash and Vivienne, and 2 year old Greyson. Kristen’s husband, John, is a real estate broker and developer. Their family lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and feels blessed to live so close to Boston, especially the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Kristen was diagnosed with breast cancer at 40 years old, soon after delivering Greyson. Her ob-gyn found “something” in Kristen's right breast and felt it was best for her to go and have her first mammogram. The mammogram led to multiple biopsies and eventually a cancer diagnosis: triple-negative breast cancer. It was February 2015, and Kristen and John's children were all under 2 years old.
Many of the decisions Kristen made about her treatment were based on her children being as young as they were. She feels so blessed and proud to be a 2-year cancer survivor and continues to support Dana-Farber, their patients and their mission whenever possible.
From the day Kristen was diagnosed until the last day of chemotherapy, John was by Kristen's side, always reminding her that 'We're going to get through this together. Don't ever feel alone.” John knew he had to put everything else aside to care for his wife, children and all of their needs. He is forever grateful for the treatment and support Kristen received.