Editors note:   This article was one of a select few chosen for the inaugural print edition of Unconditionally Her which debuted at SURVIVORville 2017.    The Women Survivors Alliance thanks Jean Criss for her willingness to share her personal cancer journey, for her long-time contributions to the former NOU magazine, and for her future contributions to Unconditionally Her.  Jean, you inspire us!

I realize when I glance back at my past ten years of survivorship; I am happy, alive and built to survive.  This statement really sums it up!  While I’ve been through a lot, many say, how did you do it?

I think back and don’t really know how I survived,

I made this happen because “I am happy, alive and was built to survive!



All images have been provided by Jean Criss.