Occupation – Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef
Children 3 (1 boy, fraternal twin girls) and 4 grandchildren
When were you diagnosed? March, 2006
How was it found?I found the lump at age 41.No one would refer me to a surgeon for a diagnosis until the lump was invasive cancer and appeared on a mammogram at age 55.
Family history of breast cancer? A very remote family history.
As a woman what gives you your strength? God, loving support, and overcoming adversity.
Briefly state in your own words something about yourself that you want people to know. I have worn (and still wear) many different hats in my lifetime.I felt very angry from not being given the best possible outcome for survival by the failure of my doctors to diagnose my breast cancer before it was invasive.This caused me to don the hat of a Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation member.I have assumed the mission to “Educate, Advocate, Eradicate” breast cancer and am supporting all organizations with similar missions in any way that I can.Even though I had a bad experience with diagnosis, I was fortunate that my breast cancer was slow growing.It has been two years since my surgery, and I have no evidence of disease.
One person CAN make a difference......be that person