Survivor Stories

Nilda Mendoza

Age: 63   Profession: Retired Type of Breast Cancer: Estrogen Positive Breast Cancer Year of Diagnosis: 2013 Number of years as a survivor: 3 years Relationship to Susan G. Komen: Receives services from Komen grantee My name is Nilda and I am a breast cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, my niece had just passed away from ovarian cancer. My family was so lost in

Patricia A. Parks

In November of 2013, I missed my annual mammogram, but a few months later, in March, I was able to schedule it. I went, as I did each year and expected to get the same results...

Lisa Jeffery

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I was lost, scared and totally devastated. Though I had a strong faith in God, I didn’t know how to ask him for help.

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.