She first battled breast cancer 20 years ago. JoAnn discovered cancer returned 12 years later, and her biological daughter Kandi finally reached out to her while she was going through treatment. She urged her to also get screened for cancer and unfortunately, Kandi discovered she too had breast cancer.
"For 20 years, I've dealt with cancer. They just got to find a cure for it because it affects everybody's life and there are just no words to describe the horrible and devastating illness it can be," she shares.
Thankfully, both JoAnn and Kandi are now both in remission and are able to meet for the first time on our stage! See the touching and emotional reunion in the video below.
Kandi says that while searching for her birth mother, she came across a photo of JoAnn going through chemotherapy and this helped inspire her to finally reach out to her birth mom after years of putting it off. Kandi says reconnecting with her birth mom has helped her to become more informed and aware of possible health risks as she now has a family health history to work off of.
Also in the video, find out what our friends at Carnival Cruise Line, CruiseDirect.com and Don't be a Chump! Check for a Lump! have in store for the reunited mother and daughter that is bound to help them relax, connect and spend some quality time together.