Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Breast Cancer Survivor
On June 30, 2002, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I underwent a mastectomy, lymph node removal, breast reconstruction, chemotherapy, and radiation. Once I was diagnosed, many people approached me with their stories of surviving cancer. I was surprised because I was not even aware most of them had had cancer. One thing that really stood out to me was that, without exception, every single one of them told me that a positive attitude was the most important part of the journey. So, I truly worked hard on keeping a positive attitude throughout the entire ordeal. On a daily basis, I was encouraged by the numerous individuals who were praying for me as well as sending me cards and emails.
In September of 2007, I had my five-year checkup. It was a wonderful feeling to hear my doctor say, "We will see you in a year!" The American Cancer Society has played a huge part in my life. There are so many wonderful programs out there. As a cancer patient, I have been a participant in the Look Good…Feel Better program, which could not be better named. The evening I went, I was in the midst of chemotherapy treatments. I had worked that day and was extremely tired. Somehow I talked myself into attending and was so glad I did. I honestly did look good and felt better when I left that evening. The whole experience was a wonderful morale booster and I highly recommend this program for all cancer patients.
Another American Cancer Society program that I was fortunate to benefit from is Reach to Recovery. My volunteer, Bobbi Bishop, will always hold a special place in my heart. She came to my home any time I called. There is nothing more supportive than family and friends, but they don't know exactly what you are going through. Bobbi did because she herself was a breast cancer survivor. I am now a certified Reach to Recovery volunteer and several of us have begun a breast cancer support group in Wyandot County.
I also volunteer in the Society's Road to Recovery Program, offering transportation to cancer patients. During all of my cancer treatments, I was so blessed with family and friends who could take me to my appointments. Knowing that not all people are this fortunate, volunteering in this program is my way of paying back those good deeds that were done for me. My life has truly been enriched in many ways due to the American Cancer Society and I am privileged to tell the American Cancer Society story.