“I was 42 years old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time. I was more concerned about my family and how my diagnosis would affect them. It’s because of my family that I fought against breast cancer and all the obstacles that presented itself. We just moved to the United States from Mexico City, Mexico for my husband’s job when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t understand English very well and I felt very isolated and scared. Now I am proud to say I have beat this disease TWICE and I use my medical background and personal experience to help other Latinas in our community learn more about breast cancer and the resources available through the Latina Breast Cancer Project at OhioHealth – a program funded by Susan G. Komen Columbus. My family gives me strength to keep moving forward and keep fighting. Through my work I honor their unconditional love and support to help others.” ~ Adriana
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer there were three things that kept me going: my faith, family and friends. All three kept me strong and are very much intertwined. My faith gave me the courage to look within and know that I would not be alone in fighting this disease…to know that I could help others if I spoke out about breast cancer. And of course my family and friends kept me motivated to fight. My son was only three when I was diagnosed so “mommy” had to keep moving to keep up with him. You can’t give up when you have these three in your corner.” ~ Maria Durant
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“Today is another new day. I can choose to reflect on the things I have lost, or I can choose to reflect on the reasons I still have to be thankful- my family: my godsend of a husband John and my two incredible kids Grace and Johnny. The love from my family is what gives me strength every day to fight and survivor this disease. When my four-year-old daughter looks into my eyes and asks me if she is going to get cancer too, I want to tell her with certainty she will not be another statistic. Since my diagnosis, I have found a new purpose for my life. I want to be an advocate for young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and to raise awareness that breast cancer does not discriminate when it comes to age.” – Amber Burg
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Webinar Info: 10.10.2014
Topic: Understanding the Role of Biomarkers in the Care and Treatment of People Living with Cancer
Webinar Info: 10.15.2014
Topic: Integrative Oncology Services: Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine
Description: Join Michelle Smekens, Naturopathic Oncology Provider with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, as she provides a basic overview of naturopathic medicine. In addition, the presentation will address breast cancer risk reduction and and side effect management through supplements, minerals, and lifestyle.
Webinar Info: 10.22.2014
Topic: The Metastatic Cascade
Description: Welch serves as the founding director of the Department of Cancer Biology and director for National Foundation for Cancer Research Center for Metastasis Research for The University of Kansas Medical Center, chair and professor of Cancer Biology at The University of Kansas School of Medicine and is a Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar. In addition, Welch is a Susan G. Komen International Scientific Advisory Board Member and his laboratory at The University of Kansas Cancer Center currently receives funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Webinar Info: 10.30.2014
Topic: Update on Early Stage Breast Cancer
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“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27, I was alone when I heard the news. From that moment on, I was never alone. Throughout the next year, my friends, my family, my now-husband took turns using their vacation time and spending their weekends traveling from Ohio to hold my hand during chemo… and the dreaded days to follow. I was a morning TV anchor in Michigan at the time and couldn’t use my arms much after my double mastectomy, so one friend spent an entire week with me, waking at 2 a.m. to dry my hair. Now that’s love! After I was declared cancer free, the love of my life proposed to me! I haven’t been alone since… and I know I never will be.” ~Robyn Haines
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Introducing our October Volunteer of the Month: Janell Thomas!
“It’s always wonderful to meet someone like Janell who truly has a passion of giving back to our community,” said Natalie Guagenti, director of volunteers for Komen Columbus. “She has only been a volunteer for a year, but she’s done so much and used her nursing expertise to educate many women in our community. We’re proud to have her in the Komen family.”
Janell shares with us, in her own words, why she volunteers with Komen Columbus.
What (or whom) inspired you to get involved with Komen Columbus?
I was inspired to get involved with Komen because I have numerous friends and family that have been affected by breast cancer. I actually have lost two great-grandmothers to the disease. As a nurse I see the effects breast cancer has on patients and their families daily. And as a black woman I see the disproportionate rates we are dying from this disease. I felt that it was my responsibility to do as much as I can to educate as many people as possible about the risk factors, screening and support available in Columbus in an effort to save lives.
What’s your favorite part about volunteering with Komen Columbus?
My favorite part is talking with people in the community. Most of the people I talk to are very concerned and interested in getting screened but have no idea of where to start. Being able to give someone resources and help answer their questions makes me feel like I am making a difference.
What is the most memorable moment or event you’ve experienced with Komen Columbus? And why?
The most memorable moment I have experienced was working the WWE event last year. One of the housekeepers came to our table and stated that she had a significant family history of breast cancer. She said that she knew she was at risk but never had a mammogram because she didn’t have a primary care physician or insurance. When I told her there were places that she could still receive a mammogram at no cost, her face lit up. She was very gracious and said that she would be calling the next day to get an appointment. Being able to help someone who was really concerned about their health felt really good. All she needed was a little information to put her on the right path.
When you’re not volunteering for Komen Columbus, what do you like to do?
In my free time I like doing Zumba, I go almost every day. I am also an OSU alum so I try to go to every game I can get to!