“ Don't think of the hard parts and how you are going to get through them. Just joyfully go and do. Happiness and joy win every time.
Tanya Lamons is another spunky mAss Kicker from San Diego, CA! We met her years ago and have gotten close to her and her family! She is an ACS CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network) Ambassador and a Hero Of Hope for the Relay for Life. After two years in the US Navy, she worked in customer service and moonlights as “Buffee the Clown.” Buffee the Clown performs at people’s homes and parks all over San Diego counties. We are very honored to feature our good friend Tanya this week!
mK: Thanks for doing this Tanya! What/ when was your diagnosis?
TL: My diagnosis was roughly 3 years ago. I was diagnosed with Li Fraumeni syndrome and also was told I had cancer in my arm, Leiomyo Sarcoma. In 2013, I was also diagnosed with melanoma!
mK: Wow! Melanoma SUCKS! I’ve never heard of Leiomyo Sarcoma! What were your symptoms?
TL: I noticed an aching lump in the crook of my arm. So with my family history, I got it checked right away.
mK: Why are you involved in cancer advocacy? What motivates you?
TL: It’s time to break the cycle! So many people have died from cancer. Family and friends. This is my way of fighting back.
I do anything and everything I can. My Mom, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunt, and friends who passed on from cancer, motivate me. My family and friends who are still here also motivate me. I want them to “live” cancer free.
mK: When was the first time you felt like yourself after your diagnosis?
TL: Because of the nature of this gene, I’ve had to redefine what feeling like myself means. The old me is gone, but that’s ok. The new me is stronger and has a completely different perspective on living.
mK: What makes you laugh, cry, angry?
TL: Almost anything can make me laugh or smile. Life’s moments are a treasure. I cry when my soul hurts. Gratefully I discovered genuine happy tears recently when my Brother told me he didn’t have our family cancer gene.
mK: What would you say is the most interesting thing you’ve done?
TL: Touched the belly of a submarine.
mK: What was the toughest challenge you faced as a survivor? How did you overcome it?
TL: Every Doctors appointment. They are my greatest weapon and biggest fear. I just try and make them fun. Sounds hard to do, but super possible. All the machines and chairs are roller coaster rides. Most of these “rides” will provide music if you ask. The doctors go along with my silliness, I’m sure they could use the fun too.
mK: What is your guilty pleasure?
TL: Late night walks with my Husband, See’s candy, I love with surprising my loved ones.
mK: Cool! If you could go back in time and be present for any famous historical event what would it be? Why?
TL: The birth of the first unicorn. I love a little magic in life.
mK: HAHAHA! Aside from playing with mythical creatures, what do you like to do in your spare time?
TL: Roller blading, fitness of all kinds, playtime with my family and friends. “Buffee the Clown” is an active clown. She loves to run around and play. She gives glitter tattoos and has twinkle toe shoes.
mK: We bet you own an 80’s aerobics/fitness headband and wristbands. What are you up to now?
TL: I’m staying open to what life puts in my path. Everything happens for a reason. I’d say right now, I’m living the adventures of life.
mK: Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?
TL: Don’t think of the hard parts and how you are going to get through them. Just joyfully go and do. Happiness and joy win every time.
mK: Any parting words for all the mAss Kickers?
TL: Live, laugh, smile, love, and shine.
Tanya Lamons: Cancer adventurer; Roller blader; non-scary clown; submarine belly-toucher; magical unicorn lover; dedicated: wife, mom, sister, daughter, niece, friend; See’s Candy addict; sarcoma thriver; driven cancer advocate; and fun gal. Thanks for the interview and keep up the great attitude! Your positive outlook is infectious!