Born in the Philippines, Elma Alorro Dionela knows what it’s like to live through hardships. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education, she went to pursue her ambitions in Europe to improve her quality of life. She has over 17 years of experience as an educator working in three different countries.
Elma was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of 1998. As a dedicated wife and mother of two, she had a strong determination for survival. She stuck to her courage and positive attitude which made it possible for her to overcome the greatest turmoil in her life.
After a long but successful recovery, Elma was able to live harmoniously by her golden rule: “Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do, regardless of having breast cancer.” Now, at the age of 69, Elma has made it her mission to inspire other breast cancer patients. Her book How to Turn Scars into Stars is a testimony of will, sacrifice and contribution.