For 41-year-old Jaymee Joaquin, now known by her online moniker Jaymee Wins, the past five years have been a crazy rollercoaster ride—one that started in September 2016, when she randomly discovered a marble-sized lump on her left breast, somewhere in between her nipple and her armpit. This discovery would lead her to be initially diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer, marking the start of her long and grueling health battle while living alone on foreign land.
Life Before Cancer
It wasn’t too long ago, though, when life was completely different for Jaymee. A former Filipina actress, model, and TV host, she rose to fame in 2006 as the gamemaster of the widely popular ABS-CBN midnight game show, Games Uplate Live. She then went on to star in a few TV shows and movies before deciding to leave the showbiz industry for good to travel abroad.
After spending some years working different jobs and backpacking through Australia, Spain, and the rest of Europe, she decided to move to San Diego, California in July 2015 in the hope of finally settling down and building a stable career. Just a year later, though, cancer made its big, unexpected entrance.
In It To Win It
In That Sh*T Called Cancer: The Not-So-Subtle Art of Winning Your Life Back, Jaymee—now a blogger, influencer, podcaster, and on-cam talent—shares her amazing story of faith, hope, and courage after having weathered through not just one, but four cancer diagnoses in the span of five years.
As a metastatic breast cancer survivor, she openly talks about the psychological and emotional challenges that come with the dreaded cancer diagnosis and how she was able to win her life back while living far away from her family. She also details the “stages” she went through in her journey, the self-sabotaging thoughts that kept her up for many nights, and the winning affirmations that she used to get herself out of bed for each morning. Moreover, she writes about how it’s possible to date after a diagnosis, to flaunt a bikini body after multiple surgeries, and to still live life to the fullest—even in between chemo sessions.
“I wrote this book during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, despite being in and out of the operating room in the past year,” Jaymee, who underwent three major operations last year, says of this creative project. “I realized, ‘God is keeping me alive for a reason; I still have a purpose.’ And so I felt compelled to share my story in order to offer help, support, and inspiration for other people whose lives have been forever changed by that sh*t called cancer.” Ultimately, she’s determined to prove that it’s possible to keep on WINNING—even in the face of insurmountable odds.
That Sh*t Called Cancer: The Not-So-Subtle Art of Winning Your Life Back will be available on Amazon (Kindle and Paperback) starting February 28, 2021 (the audiobook version to follow).
For more information, you may contact Jaymee directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.