Wiley Stockton, a four-and-a-half-year survivor, has realized how fragile life can be. Wiley shared that he is extremely blessed to continue his same lifestyle and appreciates every day he has.
Two-time breast cancer survivor, Vicki Harris shares that her experience amplified her life, values and direction. Her first diagnosis was at 43 and she endured lumpectomy, radiation and chemo which were to assure a 98% chance of no recurrence. At 59, a new cancer therapy was discovered through a mammogram. Vicki openly shared that a double mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy and lifelong medications were reminders that she can do everything with God’s help.
Sondra Freeman is a woman of very strong faith which has notably helped her throughout her journey. Sondra shared that her faith in Jesus Christ, His healing power and a loving, supportive family to surround her with love, prayer and encouragement was everything she needed to get through her breast cancer journey. As a minister’s wife, Sondra received many calls for prayer requests during her treatment. Although she had prayer requests of her own, she was devoted to supporting those who also needed prayer and encouragement.
Sharon Kilpatrick’s experience has led her to give back to the breast cancer community. She wants other women to know that breast cancer isn’t limited to those with a family history and it’s important to be your own advocate. As a volunteer for a breast cancer non-profit organization, she wants women to know about the resources available and that it’s not just about pink ribbons during the month of October. Breast cancer has an impact every day of the year, whether it’s a diagnosis, treatment or survival.
Sandra Taylor, Robert’s Mammy, had no history of breast cancer in her family so she was surprised when her doctor shared her diagnosis. She quickly realized that breast cancer doesn’t discriminate and anyone can be affected. Sandra shared that she was fortunate that her treatment plan didn’t include chemotherapy or radiation, however, she empathizes with those who are currently enduring any form of treatment.
N’Kosi Campbell’s journey with breast cancer affords him the opportunity to view things differently. He shared that life can be hectic, busy, painful, happy, loving, lonely, stressful and troublesome. He continues that no matter the feelings of the moment or day, it’s a day that he’s living. N’Kosi is beyond grateful and embraces how blessed he is to have another day to live. He says it best, “Life is a range of emotions and adventures and we need to embrace them all”.
Martha Kaley’s life plan changed direction with her breast cancer diagnosis. Her journey led her to create a non-profit organization to generate funds for biological research to identify a better method to detect breast cancer. She shared a story about Matilda, her guardian angel, who told her "You have been given a chance to be here, now what are you going to do with it?" Martha believes that she was given a gift, clarity of purpose, through her experience with breast cancer. She was given this gift and never looked back.
Margaret Bertrand’s diagnosis impacted her practically, professionally, and spiritually. It forced her to face decisions and financial planning sooner than she expected. Being a solo business owner, single parent and cancer survivor, Margaret is able to contribute to others’ hope by sharing her experiences with diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Margaret’s strong presence of a greater being became undoubtingly recognized and because of this her world became brighter.
Lynn Smith shared that being a survivor of breast cancer has positively and negatively impacted her life. Unfortunately, Lynn, a surgeon, still experiences some chemotherapy side effects which have forced her to shift careers. On the other hand, Lynn’s support system from her family, her children’s school, community, church family, neighbors, and patients undoubtedly guided her through her battle.
Laura Brown is well acquainted with the impact of cancer. In her profession, she’s personally witnessed countless people who have experienced the life-changing impact of a cancer diagnosis. As a breast cancer survivor, Laura proclaims that she’s more aware and compassionate for others and their journeys with cancer.