Pink Ladies of Southern Illinois, Inc.
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Journeys of Hope
I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer on August 8, 2014. When they did my biopsy they informed me that it was hormone receptor positive. My husband and I met with my doctors and decided to do a lumpectomy. It took place on September 11, 2014. A week later my doctors decided to do a test on what was removed to decide the next best plan of action. Another week passed and another meeting with my doctors to decide that chemo and then radiation would be the best plan for me to go with. My port was put in place on October 20, 2014 with my first chemo scheduled for October 26, 2014. I received four treatments, three weeks apart. My last was on December 23, 2014. I started radiation on January 13, 2015. I received 33 radiation treatments and the last one was March 8, 2015. While making all these trips back and forth to my appointments (each appointment was 40 miles from my home) I had a couple people make donations to me to help with gas money. Because of these people, I decided to start a group that would help others with expenses that aren't usually thought of during treatment. I made a few calls to some good friends and The Pink Ladies of Southern Illinois became an amazing opportunity to help other people in their treatment process!
Board Member & Survivor
I was 58 years old when I decided to have my first mammogram. Thinking like anyone else “It's time.” and “What do I have to worry about? Breast Cancer does not run in our family”. After going home I received a phone call that I needed a second one as they saw a spot and wanted to check it out. Now worried as I had to wait to get back in to do an ultra sound this time. As my husband, Steve, and I sat in the doctor’s office, they informed me - no easy way to say it - I had Stage 1 Breast Cancer. Mine was a pretty common type called A-Typical known as DCIS. Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. At the time, not knowing what this meant, I just heard the word cancer, and cancer - to me - meant Death! I was scared and everything became a blur to me. I was scheduled for surgery to remove formation of cells. I then had two lumpectomies done. After recovery from the surgeries, I was scheduled for radiation: five days a week for six-and-one-half weeks. Again, the fear set in. The unknown of radiation being put in my body scared me. I had good family support and friends stepped up to take me to treatments. I had a reason to “Fight like a girl!” as the saying goes, too much to live for. It has changed my life. I still have lots of doctor appointments and pain that reminds me most everyday. But I am a Survivor! I overcame this bump in my road. The journey along the way taught me how to be strong! I am proud to say I am a two year Breast Cancer Survivor!
Founder & Survivor