COLUMBUS (WCMH) — She’s the honorary race chair for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure this year. She’s also battling metastatic breast cancer.
Tori Geib has been told she very well may not live much longer. But instead of dwelling on her illness, she’s acting as an advocate and educator to make sure no other women go through what she has endured.
NBC4’s Danielle Grossman sat down with Tori at her favorite coffee shop, talking about anything women in their 30’s would discuss; travel, makeup and even their love for coffee. But the uncomfortable conversation that would soon follow, little did Danielle know, would change her outlook on cancer, forever.
“It was devastating when I heard.” Your 30th birthday, usually spent celebrating, but that wasn’t the case for Tori.
“I never expected cancer at 30 and let alone I didn’t know you could get breast cancer at 30,” noted Tori. “All I could think of oh my gosh, I am going to die from this.”
Doctors quickly reassured Tori that this was not a death sentence.
“When they first old me they said oh your young you’ll be fine you’ll beat this.”
That was until she met with other physicians who looked into some back pain she was having.
“That’s when they found I was stage 4,” said Tori.
Her cancer had spread to her bones, her lungs and her liver. Her life was turned upside down.
“The median prognosis is only 18-36 months and i just passed 26 months. Now you’re in that range of what’s next?”
“I am terrified honestly it’s scary I really trust my doctors,” said Tori. “Think of the worst flu you’ve ever had with body aches, but it never goes away.”
But even though Tori is a fighter, her fight is not easy. It’s a battle she will be in for the rest of her life.
“The biggest thing you can do for someone going through breast cancer is treat them like normal person,” noted Geib.
As she continues to fight for her life, she wants everyone to know one thing.
“I am more than my disease.”
Tori is a huge advocate for other breast cancer patients. She works hand in hand with Susan G. Komen to raise awareness, educate and lobby for research funding. She was just in D.C. lobbying and fighting for a bill, that if passed, would save cancer patients thousands of dollars.
You can check out her blog here at Metastaticmillennial.org
You can also find more information about what Susan G. Komen is doing here locally at KomenColumbus.org