2 1/2 year breast cancer survivor who encourages co-workers to get regular mammograms.
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer October 28 on 2004. I am the first in four generation of women to be diagnosed with any form of cancer. That was a shocker to me. Why me was my question. Why me? You know my grandmother, my great grand mother, my mom, my aunts, no one. I have five sisters and I am the first of five sisters. The first female in my family, two have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It blew me away and I came to terms with it because I wanted to live and you know the doctor told me the treatments and everything I have to have. And with the support of my family and my husband and my daughter, I made it through. And I’m here to tell about it. You know and I tried to encourage other women. I let them know what they have to do to be cancer free. They’ve had to take their mammograms. They have to go to the doctor and get check, you know. Don’t just say, “Okay I’ll get next month. I’ll go next month.” I started this thing at my job where I actually walk up to the women and I tell them, “Have you had your mammogram? Have you had your mammogram? If not make an appointment, I’ll make it for you, I’ll go with you. But its something you have to do.” You have to do. Early detention is the best prevention. And I was diagnosed in the early stages. So I didn’t have to have a mastectomy. I have a lumpectomy and I took chemo and radiation and that was two and half years ago. And I’m still fighting and I will fight everyday of my life, I’m a bit it. Yes, I’m in remission and I feel good.