Ending Breast Cancer

In 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.   I had no doubt that I would survive this disease although many of my friends and family were struggling not only with survival, but trying to figure out how to remain positive through the challenges of treatment.  As the Executive Director of a Breast Cancer Foundation at the time, I had people I could call to get answers, doctors who were available to provide the best treatment and friends and family who were there for me through my surgery and six weeks of radiation treatment.  I was blessed beyond measure.  The cancer was diagnosed early and I was fortunate that I had insurance for the mammogram and the treatment that I believed saved my life.  Even though five years after diagnosis I underwent two more surgeries, I still had resources available so I did not have to worry about my livelihood among other things.  My focus was on surviving breast cancer and getting back to “normal”.

Every year reminds me of how blessed I am and my responsibility to bless others.  To whom much is given, much is required.  Although I continue to lead mission trips to serve communities with vital resources, to be able to connect with women and men challenged with breast cancer still remains my personal mission.  Most importantly raising funds to provide mammogram screening for those who cannot afford it and advocating for increased education and treatment resources is essential.

I know that a diagnosis is only the beginning.  Every year, I along with so many other women pray for “no cancer” during our mammogram screening.  Every day, I  along with so many other women are reminded of how the surgery(ies) have affected us physically, mentally and spiritually as well as those around us.  Every day, I remember those I knew who did not survive.  And every day I pray that there will be a cure for breast cancer.

That’s why I contribute $250 to Breast Cares of Washington DC for every sale or purchase of real estate.  My goal is to raise $5,000 each year and some.  Although I am no longer the Executive Director of a Breast Cancer Foundation, I am a survivor.  And as one dear friend told me when I was diagnosed, it is a Sisterhood that you don’t want to belong to, but you do.  So I embrace it!

So the work that I do now is in memory of women like Camille Warren, Nelvia Garner, CJ Taylor and many other women who lost their battle to cancer.  In my small way, I continue to support the Sisterhood and the families who pray every day that there is an end to this disease.  Let’s End Breast Cancer Together!