Occupation- I've been a hairdresser and a realtor; but, now I enjoy working part time at Candy Valley
Cake Company with my sister-in-law & brother.
When were you diagnosed? October 2007
Treatment location? Massey Cancer Ctr @ Stony Point
How was it found? (self examine, mammogram, annual checkup etc)
Annual checkup/mammogram that led to an axillary node dissection of 23 lymph nodes
which resulted in lymphedema, chemo and a bilateral mastectomy w/reconstruction.
Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Yes. I carry the BRCA 2 gene from my father's side. He had surgery to remove cancer before he passed away in 2012. I also lost 2 cousins to breast cancer in 2008 & 2010.
As a woman what gives you strength?
My faith in God to just keep praying and moving forward enjoying life with my husband
& family beside me. Today, I'm a survivor and that will always give me strength.
Briefly state in your own words something about yourself that you want people to know.
I have learned to never give up hope and to always look for the positive even in
negative situations. My cancer was a blessing by teaching me to live in the present
moment. I'm happy to have taken others to their treatments & have been involved in
several fundraisers for children with cancer over the last 10 yrs.
One person CAN make a difference......be that person