Faces of a Warrior | 2015
Inspired, supported, and encouraged are not words normally associated with breast cancer. However, to shine light on such a difficult diagnosis and journey, Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale launched the Faces of a Warrior Mentorship Program. Through this initiative, men and women are invited to share their story; from their breast cancer diagnosis to how they have thrived after it. Stories will be shared via our website, social media, eblasts, signage at event(s), as well as additional marketing pieces throughout the year.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.