Monica Y. Mateo was twenty-three years old when she was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+. She underwent rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, which empowered her to be the warrior she is today. During her cancer journey — she discovered her true self and knew she was going to embark on a wild voyage.  

She decided to go back to school where she completed her Masters of Social Work. She has worked with a diverse population– such as victims of domestic violence, incarcerated males, mental health consumers and at-risk youth.  

She is currently a Licensed Social Worker and the author of The Cancer Warrior, which will is available on She is a mom, fiance, yoga lover, and vegan.  



Last Chemotherapy treatment and Remission 2009!