Survivor Stories | 2015

Lorna G. Johnson

My name is Lorna and I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, and a friend to many. I am also a two-time breast cancer survivor.

Kim Heard

My name is Kim and I’m a breast cancer survivor. Being a survivor means I am incredibly blessed to be alive and so very grateful! I'll celebrate my 59th birthday as well as my 20th year as a breast cancer survivor at the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure on October 17, 2015 (my birthday).

Shari Sussman

My name is Shari and I am a breast cancer survivor. I never thought I would get breast cancer. After all, when my sister was diagnosed a few years ago at an early stage 1, I was told that it didn’t run in our family. However, much to my surprise, after a routine mammogram my doctors found a suspicious area that needed to be looked at. After further tests I was told it was nothing to be worried about. A year later, my mammogram came back fine again. However due to my family history, I was asked to have an MRI done…and it changed my life. After that, everything happened so quickly. I ended up having a double mastectomy followed by eight rounds of chemotherapy. Though I was scared and often hesitant, I made the decision that I was going to beat breast cancer. And though the process was the most trying experience of my life, I went in as a warrior.

Makeda D. McLune

My name is Makeda and I am a breast cancer survivor. My life is about leaps of faith and change. At 35, I decided to go back to school to complete my Bachelors Degree. During my first semester, I decided to utilize the University’s clinic to get a check-up. During my exam, the nurse asked me if I had a family history of cancer. I immediately responded that my paternal grandmother had breast cancer in her 60s, and that because of her from the age of 31 I consciously made it my business to get regular mammograms. Shortly after explaining my family history, the nurse felt a lump and wrote a prescription for me to get a mammogram.

Beth Armstrong

My name is Beth and I am a breast cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed at age 36. I worked full-time, was a wife, and the mother of three boys. I did not have time for cancer, cancer was not in my game plan.

Amie Lynn Brown

Before April 2010, I had only heard of breast cancer if it was affecting someone else – and that someone else was always a grandmother, a mother or distant aunt – definitely not someone I knew directly, and certainly not someone my age. Breast cancer was not a part of my daily life, it was definitely not something I ever thought I would need to be concerned with. I was young. I was healthy. I was a wife and mother of two children. Then one day that all changed.