Besides being a wife, mom, and now grandparent, I’ve spent most of my adult life as a performing singer/songwriter, a full-time bilingual educator/counselor, and a social activist. Now that I’m retired from education, I’m focused on my grandson, songwriting, and offering my skills to organizations working for environmental justice and human rights. I plan to keep singing around town as long as people are willing to listen.

Though Peggy comes from a traditional family, and is a happy and positive person, she still experiences very human emotions. She worries about life in general and what the future holds. Like many musicians, she gets inspiration for her songs and music from personal hardship and unique life experiences.

In May 2016, during a routine mammogram, a biopsy changed Peggy’s life and the lives of her loved ones. Her greatest performance challenge yet? Courage.

Peggy discusses the mental and physical obstacles she faced during her greatest performance challenge. Despite the adversity and uncertainty of her circumstances, Peggy endures! All with love and support from her beautiful family.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • The number of new cases of female breast cancer was 125.0 per 100,000 women per year. The number of deaths was 21.5 per 100,000 women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2009-2013 cases and deaths.
  • Approximately 12.4 percent of women will be diagnosed with female breast cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2011-2013 data.
  • In 2013, there were an estimated 3,053,450 women living with female breast cancer in the United States.

According to National Cancer Institute: In 2013 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

  • 230,815 women and 2,109 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer.*†
  • 40,860 women and 464 men in the United States died from breast cancer.*†


All songs are written, composed and performed by Peggy Watson
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Photography by Rodney Diaz

†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2013 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2016. Available at: