My Story: Erica Villarreal Ellis, ThriveWell Diva This was me, in January 2020. I walked the 2020 Walt Disney World 10K with a group of good friends who helped support me along my cancer journey. This was just over 5 weeks after my implant exchange surgery. My Diagnosis I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Triple… Read More


When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was confused and devastated. I remember visiting the library, pulling books about breast cancer off the shelf while thinking “I can’t believe I’m checking these books out…for me.” But those books were important – they helped me to know what was happening to me and what to… Read More


As a physiologist, Jessica Ibarra freely admits she was far from becoming the genetic engineer or dentist she dreamt of becoming as a young girl. Growing up she was curious and fascinated by things around her. Lucky for her, she grew up in a household fostered by curiosity and ingenuity. Her father, an auto mechanic,… Read More


I know I am a fortunate one. My mom passed away of breast cancer in 2000. It had come back after 30 years. She was my best friend and the loveliest lady ever. I have a twin sister. I would always kid her that we were little Petri dishes from our mom so when I… Read More


At this year’s ThriveWell Annual Luncheon, honoring service members and veterans, we were thrilled to introduce Heather Hancock, MD, Major, United States Air Force, Trauma Surgeon, Cancer Survivor and ThriveWell Diva as our featured speaker. Heather has over 20 years of active duty experience in the United States Air Force. While she specializes in trauma surgery… Read More