This week’s Story of Hope comes from HR Admin Supervisor Terri Shaffer whose connection to breast cancer spans a range of people from close family to friends, but there is one common theme. Read her story:
Way too many women are affected by breast cancer. For me, I know three women who were diagnosed after going through regular mammograms:
My grandma, who I love dearly, was diagnosed in 2006 at 75 years old. She had a mastectomy, but did not have reconstructive surgery. She is now 87 and is cancer-free. She went through everything like a champ. Nothing rattled her. She is such a giver. She always takes time to be with her grandchildren, of which there are 12. She always made each of us feel very special. Even at my age, she still gives me stickers. It’s precious to be with her.
I just found out last week about a dear friend of mine who was diagnosed. She had a lumpectomy and is undergoing radiation treatments now. She’s on 15 of 25. Throughout her telling me and her treatments, she hasn’t changed her outlook. To her, going to treatment is like going to the store. She is my Sister in Christ. That is why this is just a bump in the road to her. She has hope because she believes He is going to take care of her even if it means she will go home to be with Him. It isn’t stopping her from living and giving.
A former co-worker of mine at the company I worked at before PSA was diagnosed while I was working there. She also underwent a mastectomy. It was like I went through it with her, as I was in HR and helped her with insurance and such. I’m happy to say she is now cancer-free.
All these women share two common traits: Being very strong and positive