Courtney Ma'at

My name is Courtney Ma'at, MSW, LICSW. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, so non profit work is part of who I am and what I enjoy. I love being a part of this organization and really believe in positive mental health and spiritual wellness. As a young woman I had multiple tumors removed from my breasts and one from my knee. My sister also had a few cancers under her belt when we lost my dad to myelodysplastic disorder and leukemia. In March of 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer then had a bilateral mastectomy 3 weeks later. Like my dad, I had bone marrow issues and was being followed closely at MDAnderson Cancer Center. They recommended I get tested for several possible genetic disorders and that I start 6 months of chemotherapy. At this time we discovered my older sister and I were officially Living LFS side by side, we were both positive for the TP53 mutation. While I stayed at MDAnderson receiving radiation therapy, I figured I should have known I was a mutant with superpowers because I went through all this while caring for my 18 month old little boy. Then I found a group of ladies online who helped this crazy new diagnosis make sense to me. We shared stories with sarcastic humor and witty attitudes that helps us navigate through day to day life with a cancer syndrome. For me Living LFS helps me live every day and love life.