In her role as regional community development manager for the American Cancer Society, Jennifer James has detected something in the breast cancer survivors she works with that is hard to quantify, but always present.
“Cancer is a scary thing,” James said. “But I think what it does, for all the bad and negative things that are part of it, is brings something up from within you, a spirit that says, ‘I’m going to whip this.’ It’s a warrior spirit. They all have it.”
Among the women James works with, there is no greater warrior than Josetta Jefferson.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mississippi State’s Nikki McCray-Penson carries on her mother’s spirit in shared bouts with breast cancer
Each October, Mississippi State head women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson thinks back to the Sundays of her youth.
After two decades working at Golden Triangle Radiology, Lee Hackett is used to being in close proximity to other people’s breast cancer diagnoses.
But she never expected to receive her own diagnosis, she said, until it happened 10 years ago when she was 54.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Early detection helps Columbus woman weather breast cancer without chemo
Tee Pittman remembers the day all too well.
After a regular check up with her obstetrician gynecologist in May 2003, Pittman was pestered by her doctor about getting a mammogram. That very same day, if possible.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Columbus nurse practitioner beats cancer with upbeat, tenacious attitude
Jeana Whitacre dreaded the “Red Devil.”
During the summer of 2019, she sat on her chemotherapy chair in Birmingham, Alabama, and watched as the nurse slowly pushed the bright-red Adriamycin fluid — nicknamed “Red Devil” — into her veins.
“When they got it out to put in my IV,” she said, “I was like, ‘Oh, here we go.'”
Carolyn Abadie considered skipping her yearly mammogram 11 years ago. She didn’t, and it made a difference.
When Katie Ballard had to schedule a follow-up appointment after a routine mammogram in July 2018, she thought there must have been something wrong with the machine.
When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in Columbus, her doctor can advise her to read all the printed materials on the side effects for all the treatments and medications that will become a part of her life.
Or, for simplicity’s sake, the doctor can just point to Alice Chain
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: McGill overcomes her fears, mounts successful battle against breast cancer
Edna McGill began chemotherapy to treat breast cancer on her 60th birthday, in July 2014.
It would prove to be 100-percent effective.
That didn’t mean her battle with breast cancer was over, McGill explained from her home in Columbus Thursday.
When lifelong Columbus resident Laverne Greene-Leech learned she had breast cancer and would need surgery followed by months of chemotherapy, she went to the store and bought some wigs and colorful scarves to wrap around her head.