Courtesy Ronna Benjamin Ronna Benjamin is currently finding adventure in the western Caribbean (Colombia, Panama, San Blas, St Andres, Bay Islands, Belize) with her husband on their Hylas ’49 sailboat. If we had told our three adult children we were traveling to Papua New Guinea for bird-watching, or that we were making a pilgrimage to India to hone our yoga practice, they would have thought we had lost our minds.
She chats with neighbors who think her worst ailment is a food allergy. She posts Facebook selfies, looking blond, slender and youthful. Her followers believe she’s the epitome of health. She keeps up with friends. Few know of any dark clouds in her life. But she has a massive secret — stage 4 breast cancer, a metastatic recurrence, diagnosed one year ago.