Katrina Robinson views her diagnosis as an opportunity to reflect. Without a doubt, breast cancer, has taught her strength and humility.
Kathryn Gesse’s diagnosis has impacted her life significantly. Kathryn always tries to find the positive when times are tough and appreciates the little things more often. She mentioned that she has had the opportunity to be a resource to friends who have been diagnosed with cancer which is why she has never questioned the reason she was diagnosed.
With two young children, playdates and Play-Doh were part of everyday life for Julie Buie. Her diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer came as quite a surprise, given there was no family history. Fortunately, Julie had the amazing support of family, friends and the knowledge of a rich team of medical providers. Julie shared that she trusted and relied on God and knew that He was with her every step of her journey.
As a single mom of 3 young children and a middle school counselor, it’s clear that Judy Hyman spent her days supporting and caring for others. Diagnosed at 41, it’s hard to imagine the emotions Judy must have endured, especially as a single mom and knowing two of her aunts passed from breast cancer in their 40’s. She took life’s lemons and started making lemonade, just as she’d witnessed her parents do, and was back at school within three weeks of her diagnosis. Judy had several rounds of chemotherapy over the course of eleven months on Friday afternoons so that she had the weekend to recover from nausea and weakness.
Exposing Hope with Judy Bell reveals a philosophical lady with profound thoughts on her journey. She shares, in her words, the elements which depict hope. “Harmony exists with friendship, fellowship, cooperation, and understanding. All of these contribute to being in harmony with myself and others. It also involves getting along with friends and the ability to form new harmonious relationships.”
Janice Rogers shared that she has always been a contributor to finding a cure for breast cancer. After her diagnosis, her drive to find an earlier test became personal. She believes that cancer is such an ugly word, and it robs an individual of who they once were. However it could never take away how a person feels, loves, and praises God.
Jane Matteson shared that her humor and hope very well might have been her “sword and buckler”. She found herself surrounded by family, friends and a community that constantly provided love and support. She recalls so many who embraced her journey from her family, friends, familiar faces at CVS and Harris Teeter. Some of her strongest support came from a very special gentleman, Dr. Gus Magrinat. Jane wholeheartedly expressed that “Dr. Gus was a talisman of hope for all my family and continues to be!” Jane recognized that returning the sense of hope to others who cared for her as well, as those she met along the way, was important.
Exposing Hope captured a moment early in Heather Simmons’ journey of survivorship. She admitted the anxious feelings about the next chapter in her life. Moreover, exposing Heather’s hope comes with a list of thoughts to include hopes that her daughter never gets breast cancer, hopes to live for many years to watch her daughter grow and become a woman, and hopes that her family never has to have anyone else go through the stages of treatment.
From the beginning, Freda Mitchell’s hope was strong belief in her survivorship. As her hope progressed so did she. Freda optimistically shared that breast cancer was truly the hardest experience she has had to over come; however, her cancer was a blessing in disguise. Freda and her body endured the unimaginable, but she learned how to meditate and recognize herself in indescribable ways.
Shortly after Edith Beasley’s retirement, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was not surprising to Edith because she previously lost three sisters to breast cancer and another sister was going through treatment again.