Ms. July, Klaudia Konrad
“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish?” -Epictetus
In 1969, Klaudia Konrad fled to the United States after the “Prague Spring” in Czechoslovakia. Klaudia’s family arrived in Queens in search of creative and economic opportunities that her family believed were not available to them under Soviet rule.
In 1981, Klaudia overcame breast cancer for the first time. In 2007, her adversary was uteran cancer. A year later, breast cancer revisited. Each time, Klaudia not only survived; she thrived. Today, Klaudia’s lives with her husband of fifty-three years on a utopian, five acre sanctuary and in a home that features reflecting ponds, breathtaking gardens, and her nature-inspired art including hand-painted rocks, eggs, wood, and canvas.
A forty-four year survivor of breast cancer and more, perhaps no one understands better than Klaudia that freedom isn’t free.