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ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses

ADVANCE, Dansko Celebrate Breast Cancer Heroes With New Contest

Published October 12, 2011 3:05 PM by ADVANCE Staff
"Some days it is a heroic act just to refuse the paralysis of fear and straighten up and step into another day." - Edward Albert, American film and television actor

Breast cancer heroes touch our lives every day. They're our mothers, sisters, friends, colleagues and patients. They're survivors, fighters and relentless supporters, and our heroes' persistent courage in the face of hardship is truly inspirational. Throughout October's Breast Cancer Awareness month, ADVANCE and Dankso are celebrating the heroes dedicated to fighting for a breast-cancer free world.

Bring a smile to your hero's face by nominating him or her for a Dansko gift bag, featuring a pair of Dansko's pink or black patent ribbon clogs, two pairs of socks, a pedicure kit and a pink ribbon bag. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us why your breast cancer hero is so special to you.

*The recipient must live in the 48 contiguous United States. Please nominate your hero by Monday, October 31, 2011. ADVANCE will choose one hero to receive the gift bag and will contact the recipient via email in November.

Thanks for participating, and we look forward to reading about your breast cancer heroes!

To learn more about Dansko's initiative to support breast cancer research, please visit: www.dansko.com/pinkribbon and follow Dansko on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Breast Cancer Heroes contest. Your entries were truly inspiring

November 8, 2011 1:33 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Breast Cancer Heroes contest. Your entries were truly inspiring

November 8, 2011 1:28 PM

I nominate Carmen Ortiz, RN RN-C for Breast Cancer Hero. Carmen is a two time breast cancer survivor. She is heroic. Carmen was first diagnosed in 1989 and underwent a left mastectomy. She battled breast cancer again in 2005 and had a right lumpectomy. Today she is cancer free.

Carmen leads by example in health promotion and disease prevention. I’ve work with Carmen here at the VA outpatient Primary Care clinic for over two years. I always knew there was something special about Carmen. Carmen is all about helping others learn to help themselves.

I admire her because she is a mentor to the Veterans, to her co-workers, to her family and to people in her community. Carmen organized the Breast Cancer Awareness activities for this month. Carmen volunteers to run the Women’s Health Clinic for our female Veterans. She encourages wellness by leading Zumba classes after work. She has raised a family of two sons and a daughter. One son and a daughter are department supervisors for their respective companies. One son is a 16 year veteran serving in the Marines who is now serving his 2nd tour in Afghanistan. And just when she and her husband could have had the house to themselves, she took in her “at risk” 12 year old niece. This niece is now an “A” student in high school and active in the ROTC. Carmen is active in her church. Being a breast cancer survivor and registered nurse has enhanced her knowledge of breast cancer. She is an ideal role model when she is teaching members in her church and in the community about breast cancer awareness. Carmen’s heroism reaches beyond her community. She will be leaving on a Missionary trip to Romania this December. This trip will be an opportunity for Carmen to mentor, teach and to promote breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Carmen is all about helping others. I did not know that she was a breast cancer survivor until this month when I saw her wearing the “Breast Cancer Survivor” pink banner during the breast cancer awareness walk. I always knew there was something special about Carmen. She is a Breast Cancer Hero.

Brenda Gamble, Ambulatory Care - RN, VA Outpatient Clinic October 30, 2011 11:19 PM
The Villages FL

My mother, a three time breast cancer survivor defines what being a fighter and a survivor really means.  This is a terrible disease with painful treatment and as much chemicals as they pump into your sytem to fight it the true fighter comes from within.  In dealing with seeing this woman fight for life at various times through her 20 year challenge my mother focussed on surrounding herself with positive people both friends and family and maintaining an active lifestyle to ensure that the health factors she could control were at their best.  A positive attitude throughout this fight is what allows you to beat it.  Mom went through some horrible times,  multiple times she was in a physical state that i didnt want to see, but knowing that it was my mother and someone i cared for i wanted to help fight the fight for her.  Making her laugh, and cry and keeping her mind occupied allowed her to persevere through the tough times.  She became active with other breast cancer survivors and she developed a love for exercise.  Exercise and the feeling of becoming physical and gaining mobility and shaking off the pain of cancer changed her life.  Mom walking with Breast Cancer survivors at her first Susan G Komen 5k is an experience i will never forget.  She knew that putting her physical ability to the test would be a challenge she was confident she could overcome.  Exercie created a social network to keep her mind off the pain, it created physical benefits way better than modern medicine and it created a solemn time for her to reflect on life and what it means to her.  The mind is a powerful thing and my surviving mother who currently is fighting off breast cancer tumors in her lungs still says to this day that she didnt beat breast cancer, her family and friends did for her.  Moral support from her inner circle gave her the push to beat this thing, and it still drives her today.  This woman is a fighter and her "keep on truckin'" attitude fuels her fire today to put this horrible disease to bed.   Mom is the best and we she like so many others have a great story to tell, but remember there are plenty that dont make it so take some time to think of those who lost this battle and focus on what we can do to support those survivors today

Leonard Burton, Transportation - Sales Rep Diesel Exhaust Flui October 28, 2011 9:51 AM
Reading PA

My friend Sandy is the most positive, upbeat person I know.  She is a true survivor!  She has survived breast cancer and gives so much back to society in so many ways.  She donates her time to a local sorority, a local museum to fundraise as well as participate in medical missions for opthamology in other nations!  The world is a much better planet because of Sandy!

Geri Pallija, peds primary care - PNP, North Florida Pediatrics October 28, 2011 7:16 AM
Gainesville FL

I am nominating my dear neighbor, Lisa Klenoshek, who is a 2 year triple negative breast cancer survivor.  Diagnosed at 41 years of age in May 2009 after a routine mammogram, Lisa has taken become an active warrior in the fight against breast cancer. Not only is she a Reach to Recovery volunteer, and active American Cancer Society spokesperson, but she has authored a children�s book, Zoey�s List of Love; A Sweet, Breast Cancer Survival Story. Her daughter, Zoey was 5 years old at the time of Lisa�s diagnosis. She wrote the book based on her own personal experience with the hopes that it will help other children faced with the same situation to understand what it is like to have a mother undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation.   She has been invited to speak at several local events to share her story, including an ACS Relay for Life opening ceremony, a PA Breast Cancer Coalition opening exhibit, local Rotary club meeting, and Literacy Night at Zoey�s elementary school! Lisa has raised significant monies for the American Cancer Society�s Relay for Life and is currently busy raising money for the upcoming Making Strides against Breast Cancer Race. She has been recognized in local publications and media, but continues to be the sweet, humble Lisa that we all know and love. Lisa has inspired us to have regular breast cancer screening, and has given of her time to comfort others with the diagnosis of cancer in our neighborhood. She is amazing!

Cecelia Conwell, , RN, MSN, PNP unemployed October 27, 2011 5:44 PM
Cranberry Township PA

I am nominating Maria Gilbert, RRT who has been my colleague and friend for more than 28 years!  Maria's diagnosis came as a complete surprise to her after a routine mammogram.  She completed her radiation treatments during her lunch breaks while still working full-time.  Her patient care continued to be excellent...and complete.  Maria's mother became quite ill during this time.  Maria unselfishly withheld her diagnosis from her mother to keep the focus on her mother's treatment.  After about a 2-year clearance, Maria's cancer returned.  She opted to have extensive surgery.  Maria continues to work full-time and is one of the most cheerful, positive advocates of the "Pink" movement for breast cancer treatment!  Thank you, Maria, for your courage and mentoring to all of us for proper screening!  You are an excellent, dedicated therapist!

Liz

Elizabeth, Respiratory Care - Educational Coordinator and Clinical Instructor, St. John Macomb Hospital October 27, 2011 12:21 PM
Warren MI

I am nominating Maria Gilbert, RRT who has been my colleague and friend for more than 28 years!  Maria's diagnosis came as a complete surprise to her after a routine mammogram.  She completed her radiation treatments during her lunch breaks while still working full-time.  Her patient care continued to be excellent...and complete.  Maria's mother became quite ill during this time.  Maria unselfishly withheld her diagnosis from her mother to keep the focus on her mother's treatment.  After about a 2-year clearance, Maria's cancer returned.  She opted to have extensive surgery.  Maria continues to work full-time and is one of the most cheerful, positive advocates of the "Pink" movement for breast cancer treatment!  Thank you, Maria, for your courage and mentoring to all of us for proper screening!  You are an excellent, dedicated therapist!

Liz

Elizabeth, Respiratory Care - Educator, St. John Macomb Hospital October 27, 2011 12:03 PM
Warren MI

My sister-in-law is my breast cancer hero!  she has had bilateral mastectomies with reconstructions.  she also a second reoccurance of cancer a few years after her initial diagnosis, and has remained positive thoughout the courses of treatment of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.  She is a positive and wonderful person who continues to inspire and work with new persons diagnosed with breast cancer.  She truely is my hero for her strength and faith.

Susan Baxter, RN October 27, 2011 12:00 PM
Toms River NJ

My hero is my friend Jill Anderson. When Jill was in her first round of breast cancer and undergoing treatment she still found the strength to be by my side and support me as my 22 year old son battled leukemia. Even though she was severely anemic and had just undergone surgery she came to the hospital and brought my son a "goody bag". She came to show him that it was possible to survive and prosper and she gave my son much needed hope before he died one year ago.

Jill has recently relapsed and she was told that any treatment would be considered palliative. She has chosen to do as much as possible in order that she be allowed to spend as much time with her two young children as possible. She continues to be very active in their lives in spite of her diagnosis.

Jill is my hero. She was there for me during my darkest hour. She was able to push aside her own problems and offer me much needed hope and support. I will always love Jill.

Shirley, rheumatology - FNP, Lakeside Comm Healthcare October 27, 2011 10:15 AM
Burbank CA

My hero is my mom, Lyn Bowers. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, 3 years after my dad had passed away. She went through her treatment and 9 years of medications with never a complaint. The whole time, continuing to work to help support herself since she was now her only source of income. The wonderful other nurses that my mom works with donated their vacation time to her so she was able to take a little bit of a break in between her treatments. During all of this, I never heard my mom say "why me".  

Fast forward 10 years later, when I had to have a breast aspiration done. When the cells came back hyperplasia with atypica, my mom was and still is the strong rock that I lean on. Together, we have done 3 60 mile walks for breast cancer, and she has done an additional 3 without me. She is an amazingly strong person, and someone that I am so proud to call "mom".  

Melissa Hemenway, Medical-Surgical nurse - RN, Shawnee Mission Medical Center October 26, 2011 2:43 PM
Shawnee KS

My hero is my friend and former co-worker, Michelle Guzzardo. While battling breast cancer, she continued to pursue and obtain her BSN. She supported her 3 active boys- one who is serving our country in the military. She has never lost her enthusiasm for life, tremendous energy, and hope for the future. She is my inspiration.

Lori Black, Pediatrics - Clinical Nurse Specialist, American Family Children's Hospital October 26, 2011 11:33 AM
Madison WI

My "HERO" to nominate is Deana Kearnes, RN.  LIFE is her passion...she told me her strength to deal with her battle with breast cancer came from "inner peace".  She outwardly handles everything beautifully...her illness and treatments and the side effects, reconstructive surgery, her family life--one child going off to college and dealing with his recent insulin pump...one child very active in sports and dance and "waiting to drive...and work.

She lost weight (and looks great)...she lost her hair (and came back with a sassy style)...and she never lost her "peace".

I never heard Deana complain. She came to work through it all and expected everyone else to show up and do theirs.  Deana is our Clinical Education Director and the force behind our hospital's Magnet Redesignation.

She has been such an inspiration to me on many aspects; She simply states :"it's not always easy, but you have to find the strength and peace to go on...that's life".

Dianne Floyd, cardiology/cath lab - RN, Firsthealth MRH October 25, 2011 1:43 PM
Pinehurst NC

I would like to nominate Anne Saulsbery ,Lead Histology Technician at The Ohio State University, Comparative Pathology Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource. She is a co-worker, car pool buddy, and friend. Last year she had a double mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy. During this time she humored us with her many headdreses. She has always brought a smile to those around her.

Her daughter moved in  with her two children to care for her only to break her neck in an accident about a year later. Turning Anne into the caregiver and provider. Anne had already opened her home to an elementary aged granddaughter. What a full house. Through all this she gives and gives. Caring for her daughter and three grandchildren. Encouraging them in their activities and helping them with their homework and she doesn't ignore the grandchildren that do not live with her.

At work she knows no stranger. You can hear her coming and just the sound of her voice makes you smile.

She has touched us all with  the courage, grace, and compassion she possesses. This survivor is truely and inspiration and has made a difference in my life and those around her.

Julie Rectenwald, pathology - research assistant, The Ohio State University October 25, 2011 10:21 AM
Columbus OH

I would like to nominate Mary Leisses as one of our heroes. Mary was diagnoses with breast cancer in the Fall of 2010 and has spent the last year battling cancer with rounds of chemo, radiation and surgery. This in itself was a challenge of significance, but additionally Mary was battling with the recent diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in her young daughter. Throughout it all Mary remained positive, teaching those of us who love and care for her about the process while maintaining graceful strength and courage. Her battle has been an inspiration to many of us, but Mary went a step further. She created a charity, "Pink and Black We Fight back" which sold hundreds of pink flamingos to raise funds for cancer research. Additionally, she chose to participate in "The Healing Project" allowing Elizabeth Barnwell, a photographer and another hero to consider to chronicle her journey and publicly exhibit her photographs and her poems. In this way, Mary and Elizabeth worked together to heighten awareness and gain further support for the vital research that is needed. For this, they are both heroes!

Tricia , Audiology - Director, Pennsylvania Ear Institute October 25, 2011 9:47 AM
Elkins Park PA

I would like to nominate Dr. Pamela Mahan, Professor of Nursing at Armstrong Atlantic State University.  Pam has demonstrated exceptional leadership in both her professional and personal life. When faced with the diagnosis of breast cancer an aggressive Her2  positve (April 2007), Pam's course of  treatment was harsh, requiring both surgical and chemotherapeutic interventions.  Despite 3 surigical interventions, Pam participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in 2008.

Pam's path was not a straight one from diagnosis, treatment to recovery. After the initial surgery and chemotherapy a pathology report revealed the necessity of  a second surgery to remove the axillary nodes.  Pam continued working only taking brief timeouts for surgical interventions.

In August of 2007, a PET scan revealed the possibility of ovarian cancer.  Pam with a warrior's spirit of hope,  was scheduled for removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Pam's life approach was  always positive and full of love for life, yet  knowing that the end might be closer than she had ever imagnined.  Fortunately, the physicians found no cancerous pathology in the ovaries or fallopian tubes.

This however, was not the only diagnosis she faced.  THE REST OF THE STORY.

Pam was diagnosised with Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May of 2009.  Although there is no cure for this cancer, chemotherapy did suceed in placing the Lymphoma in remission.  Pam took a positive approach and  used her skills and desire to find a cure  to become a Co-Captain of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society local event called Light The Night.  In this event she joined thousands; suvivors, families, people memorializing those lost to this cancer.

Pam is active as a crusader to find a cure for both Breast Cancer as well as Lymphoma, raising money and awareness as a integral part of her life. Pam is a role model and Nurse hero.

In her spare time, she gives of herself to students and faculty as an exemplary mentor and nurse in our community.  

There is no nurse more deserving of this wonderful recognition.

Thank you,

Debra

Debra Hagerty, , Associate Professor Armstrong Atlantic State University October 24, 2011 3:36 PM
Savannah GA

I would like to nominate my mother, Laura White, as my breast cancer hero. She has battled breast cancer 3 times over an almost 30 year time span. She has always remained positive, even in times when her doctors offered little hope. When told to "go home and spend as much quality time with you family before you die," my mother instead decided to fight the disease she thought she had beaten 5 years earlier. My younget brother was only 18 months old and I was 13 at the time.  She was determined to stick around and not leave my dad to raise us alone. She was my inspiration to have a bilateral masrectomies at age 22, in the days that positive genetic testing could cause you to lose health insurance. My mom supported me when others didn't understand my decision. She has been a pillar of strength for me and for her 3 sisters...all of whom have had breast cancer by age 30. Her oncologist calls says that my mom is a hero and a living,breathing miracle to have conquered this disease 3 times in her life...I agree wholeheartedly. Growing up watching her battle is one of the driving forces behind my love of practicing medicine. I will never be able to thank my mother for not giving up on herself when everyone else did. She is the personification of a breast cancer hero!

Jennifet Wilson , Family medicine - Nurse Practitioner, CareHere/VistaCare Hospice October 24, 2011 2:50 PM
Montgomery AL

As defined by Wikipedia, a heroine refers to a character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self sacrifice.

Linda Gage RN, a co-worker and former patient, is a shining example of a true heroine. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in May of 2010. She underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. I had the pleasure of treating Linda as an outpatient on our floor for her chemotherapy, what I didn’t realize during this time, was what role she was playing in the lives of our staff and myself. During this time, she never once displayed that she was a victim of her diagnosis, instead she faced it head on with a positive attitude and a mission to beat it!

Just this past Monday, Linda’s sister learned that she too has breast cancer. Linda, greatly shaken by this news, has immediately turned into the role as the ultimate patient advocate. She has been at her sister’s side for support, encouragement, and obviously a great source of knowledge. She again is a heroine, demonstrating courage through adversity and self sacrifice. She has such a passion for nursing and for finding a cure for breast cancer.

Linda will soon be walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the cure with her team, “Sisters for a Cure”. She is truly an inspiration to many!

Grace Secrest, Oncology - Nurse Manager, Methodist Dallas Medical Center October 24, 2011 12:45 PM
Dallas TX

The person I would like to nominate is Miranda Phillips Vaughn,  who has not only battled breast cancer but during the time of the treatments, dealing with lymphedema, pain, weakness, nausea, etc....she still wanted her contact with her patients and co-workers and never gave up on nursing.  Nursing is her passion.  She never complained, in fact, when others would try to lighten her workload to help out, she insisted on continuing on as normal and not to treat her any differently.  Negativity was not allowed when having a conversations with her nor was pity.  Miranda, was always smiling, make-up on, new wigs to show off, and was an inspiration to all of the nurses who work with her.  She touched the lives of so many of the nurses not even knowing it and never let the breast cancer defeat her.  She has now been cancer free for two years and I pray that it is many years to come and that she continues to be a joy and a blessing to all who come in contact with her.

Sheri Taylor, Labor & Delivery - RN, Doctor's Hospital October 24, 2011 9:48 AM
Columbus GA

I would like to nominate my cousin Daphne Williams as my breast cancer hero. She has been my idol from afar. When she has her first mastectomy, she handle it better than I could ever do. She has set a example for other family members. In between her mastectomies, my aunt was diganosis with breast care. My aunt used Daphnes' strong determination to beat this battle. Thay both has been in remission now over 5 years.

Rosemary McCall, maternal/children - LPN, jackson memorial hospital October 23, 2011 6:27 PM
Miami FL

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Joyce Bartlett, RN October 21, 2011 9:18 PM
Greensboro NC

My girlfriend Sharon G. is my hero.  She is a beautiful 56 year old woman( and the best acupuncturist in the country).  :) She has been living with breast cancer for 9 years.  She has had a partial lumpectomy, and had been in remission for several years. Two and a half years ago, the cancer came back as stage 4 and has spread to her liver,hip and lung. Since then, she has been getting chemo treatments faithfully every week and in the next few weeks will undergo radiation. In the time I have known her, she has consistently maintained a positive, energetic attitude about her diagnosis. She never quits at anything.  She makes the best of every moment she has.  She receives Reike and massage several times a week.  She takes care of herself emotionally and physically. She participates in social groups with friends and is a loving mother to her son and her sweet dog, and a dedicated sister and friend to many people.  She is kind, generous and giving.  Despite the fact that she doesn't practice acupuncture anymore, when I had first met her, she offered me a complimentary session just a few days after she had chemo, because I had mentioned that I had always wanted to try it.  (amazing by the way)  Sharon is such a warm, genuine, beautiful soul and I am so grateful to have met her and be a part of her life.   I don't see her dying of cancer, I see her living her life!

Tanja , REHAB - RN October 21, 2011 9:05 PM
Manchester CT

My hero is my mom, Kathleen, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2009.  Not only did she handle her diagnosis with dignity, she handled her mastectomy and reconstruction with her head held high.  She continued to stay involved with her family and friends, often putting their lives and problems before her own, although I could see she was battling fatigue and pain.  She had to undergo another surgery just a month after her mastectomy to remove her ovaries, one of which had a 9cm cyst on it.  My mom has been there for me and my family through thick and thin and I love her more than words can say.   Mom, you're my hero! :)

Peggy, cosmetic dermatology - R.N., private practice October 21, 2011 4:11 PM
Los Alamitos CA

My hero is my Mother who is still working as an R.N. at the age of 75! She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1998 (Ductal Carcinoma...stage 4). She underwent Chemo and was on Tomoxifen for 5 years. In 1999 she underwent a Radical Mastectomy...all around the holidays. I will never forget the day she told us...it was right before Christmas and she stayed so positive throughout everything....NEVER missed a beat! She has been such a positive influence on ALL her patient's lives! She continues to smile & always help others to this day! She is cancer free now and continues to remain that way! I love her so much!

Linda Morgan, ED - CNA, CRDAMC October 21, 2011 12:25 PM
Ft. Hood TX

I met my hero in1988 while working as on EMT in the City of  Quincy , Massachusetts. I encountered a nurse on the night shift that would capture my heart. Within a year Mary and I were married. Mary convinced me to go back to school to become a nurse, she supported me through school emotionally and financially.  Soon after we were blessed with 2 daughters Victoria and Emily. After working all day she took over caring for the girls while I slept before going to my night shifts.  Throughout the years she has taken unbelievable care of us. Next month we will be married for 23 and I cannot imagine living without her. Three years ago Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer through a routine mammogram.  She came home and shared the news. The incredible part was we were two emergency nurses with a combine total of 54 years of experience could not comprehend or understand what we were being told and even worse do anything about it.  Surgery, medication and radiation was the couse of treatment. This past Sunday I watched my hero/wife Mary draped with her survivor sash walk hand in hand with our 2 daughters across the finish line at the South Yarmouth, MA Breast Cancer Walk. Mary has been in healthcare for over 35 years taking care of and advocating for patients.  Thoughout her treatment she never missed a day of work. I always said if I could raise my children half as good as my mother did me I would be happy, well if I could be half as strong as my wife I would be happy. The other heros are the kind and compassionate caregivers that take care of our loved ones who are diagnosed and treated. In the words of William Shakespear: "I can no answer make, but thanks and thanks."

David A. Denneno APRN-BC, MSN, MEd, CEN

David Denneno, Healthcare - Nurse Practitioner, Sturdy Memorial Hospital October 20, 2011 11:45 PM
Attleboro MA

I would like to nominate my friend Katie P. of Durham, NH. Not only did this remarkable woman beat breast cancer, she spearheaded the Annual Concert for a Cure series in the NH seacoast area. A highly successful fundraiser that brings so many people together who have been touched by this disease.

She is my hero for her strength not to give up her fight and the courage to do something so very positive to help others.

Nancy, Telemetry - RN, LRGHealthcare October 20, 2011 8:43 AM
Laconia NH

My hero is my best friend from high school-Sharon Bronnenberg who is a breast cancer survivor.  She finished nursing school and raised her family while going through chemo, a mastectomy, and all the trials and tribulations of having breast cancer.  She is a Breast Cancer Navigator through a breast surgeon's office, and works with new breast cancer patients every day and also facilitates their breast cancer support group.  It takes a very special person to deal with this every day of her life and to be able to show such compasion and caring as a breast cancer survivor herself.  She participates almost every day the month of October in Breast Cancer events and also throughout the year.  She has been recognized in many newspaper and magazine articles for her great compassion and dedication to her patients. Sharon is my true hero and my honorary sister, and I am so thankful she is part of my personal life and a fellow nurse.

Cindy, Education - RN-Staff Development, Bert Fish Medical Center October 20, 2011 8:03 AM
New Smyrna Beach FL

I would like to nominate myself.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer April 1999.  I went through partial mastectomy, radiation, and 6 years of medication.  During time of diagnosis, I was working 2 jobs as an EMT and started taking course for RN.  I also volunteered with American Cancer as a Reach to Recovery spoke person.  In 2003, I received my RN and have slowly been working on my BSN.  I still work 2 EDs.  I now have 5 grandchildren and try to spend as much time as possible with them.  Being in the ED has given me the opportunity to reach to newly diagnosed cancer patients and give them information about or where to find different resources that they didn't know about. Since the time of my diagnosis, I have also had to have a pacemaker.  I enjoy working with pediatrics and represent the hospital as a pediatric liaison nurse.  I still work out 3 or 4 times per week.  For peace of mind, I follow up with all my doctors even though it has been 11 1/2yrs.  I have made alot of new friends through this experience in my life.

Nancy Utsinger, Emergecy Room - RN, Glendale Memorial Hospital October 20, 2011 2:22 AM
Glendale CA

addition coments on my amazing hero my wife. She's now a Prophetess at  The Now Day Ministry Of The Lord Jesus Christ Church where Pastor John L. Jessup Jr. is His Wife Prophetess Mildred A. Jessup reside. They have given her the extra life that has propel her to where she's at now. She rec'd The Holy Spirit  April 7, 1997,Jesus had this plan for her,her life has not been the same, she's my hero,this only part of her testimony of her new life.

Sheila Chatman, Case Manager- - RN, United Health Care October 20, 2011 2:14 AM
Mt. Vernon NY

I would like to nominate my wife. Married 23 yrs,Oct. 1, 1988. Nov. 1991 she was dx with Breast Cancer,rec. chemo therapy,has been cancer free since. Returned to School completed her BS in Nursing and now pursing her Masters at The University of Phoenix where she also completed her BS. She worsks as a Case Manager as mentioned above,partime ADN at a Major Hosp. She's a Prophetess in Church,she's the very best Mother of 4 children,youngest just started College this yr. She's very high spirited every single day,always helping others with many problems. She is born again with the Holy Ghost,believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. She is my Hero. The fight that she fought and refused to give in por give up,we were away at a Church convention in 1991 just after she started chemo therapy,she got sick and had to be admitted into the Hosp. her white blood cells had dropped to less than 500,but she fought through it with the help ao God. I had to leave her there as me and the kids returned home. I didn't know at the time what was going to happen,as i look back,i remember how her temperature came down and i was able to drive back to Virginia and bring her home. She was under her Doctors care as she continued her fight. That situation i live over and over and today i marvel at the Greater woman she has become,now believing in the power of the all might Living God,thanking Him for another chance. She lives her life today with a heartfelt thank you to Jesus. Thats why she's my hero,she's some kinda woman,what an inspiration.

Sheila Chatman, Case Manager- - Registered Nurse, United Health Care October 20, 2011 2:01 AM
Mt. Vernon NY

I would like to nominate my sister Jane.   She has been cancer free for 7 years. She is a teacher in Overland Park, Kansas City for 35 years and has won the Teacher of the Year award.  She said she healed the most when she was at work as she had no time to worry about herself there, her focus was on the kids.   She went back to work after her mastectomy, earlier than her family thought was best, but she was right, she did heal and is cancer free today.  She loves her work and says kids these days are 98% all good.  No doom and gloom words from Jane on the character of kids.   She finds the good in them, expects it of them, and often-times gets kids to excel.  At her work they had an all school gathering where they presented her with a hand-knit scarf.  Then they asked for the person who made the scarf to stand up. Every employee at the school, hundreds of staff members, stood up!  Every staff member knit at least one stitch in that scarf.   You can tell they loved Jane and Jane loved them.  She is the gentle giant, getting things done well, quietly,  with grace and humility.  She is a hero of a sister and a hero of a teacher.  She is loved!  She says cancer to her was just a detour in her path. Now that she has had cancer she is whole.   She is an inspiration to me!

Marlene Graeve, Home health - RN, Superior Home Health October 20, 2011 12:59 AM
Lakeville MN

A hero not just to me, but to countless women through her tireless and eloquent sharing of her own experience as a young Mom with recurrent breast cancer, Ann Murray Paige, an Emmy-nominated journalist, has published "Pink Tips: breast cancer advice from someone who's been there", her blog anthology "Words To Live By", and "Breast Cancer Diaries" DVD which has been televised in 13 countries and dubbed into Spanish.  In addition to her incredible attitude and unabashed zest for life in its fullest experience, Ann takes the time to share her encouragement, warmth, and infectious smile.  This remarkable woman, in the midst of both her own pursuit of healing, being a mother and wife, and spreading her message of hope and joy across the country and beyond, took the time., over the past summer, to meet with me and a loved one who was being treated for another devastating illness.  That visit brought LIFE to us!  She is amazing, and this is but one small way I would like to recognize her.

Kathy Eliscu, retired - RN,C October 19, 2011 11:15 PM
Westbrook ME

I would like to nominate myself, Sharon Cano RN.I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor. Just prior to being diagnosis my husband had 3 strokes at the age 51. He now has frontal temporal lobe dementia. I worked through my treatment of chemotherapy and radiation plus took care of my husband. He continues to have memory issues, but I keep on  promoting survival from this disease.

Sharon, ADU - RN, Tampa General Hospital October 19, 2011 10:31 PM
Tampa FL

I would like to nominate myself, Sharon Cano RN.I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor. Just prior to being diagnosis my husband had 3 strokes at the age 51. He now has frontal temporal lobe dementia. I worked through my treatment of chemotherapy and radiation plus took care of my husband. He continues to have memory issues, but I keep on  promoting survival from this disease.

Sharon, ADU - RN, Tampa General Hospital October 19, 2011 10:29 PM
Tampa FL

I will like to nominate Denise Lawson, she has survived breast cancer and is now helping her 23yr old daughter, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy 2months ago. Despite helping her daughter, she carries on with her job as having breast cancer is just another hurdle in life.I say Denise is a true survivor and is now teaching her daughter how to join that rank of survivors.

Elister, Gerontology - RN, CCC, SCNR October 19, 2011 8:25 PM
Briarwood NY

When my daughter Alana, who is 35 years old was diagnosed  with metastatic triple negative breast cancer, I was completely devastated. How could this happen to my sunshine, who is a dedicated early childhood educator, a mother to 2 teenage sons and a loving wife?%0d%0a%0d%0aAlana has been a tower of strength, through Chemo, Mastectomy and multiple radiations. I often marvel at her positive unyielding ability to put it all to the side. She has continued to work and help support her family through it all. She is determined to get her life back to normal and still has the ability to smile and provide a positive environment for all she touches.%0d%0a%0d%0aAlana is my sunshine and my Hero...thank you Alana for helping me get through it!

Nancy Vilomar, Heart and Vascular - Nurse Manager, Manatee Memorial October 19, 2011 4:03 PM
Bradenton FL

I want to nominate a person who is in the public eye whom I admire very much, Robin Roberts. I admire her the way she put herself "out there" with her breast cancer, informing the public about her condition, first announcing it and then letting us follow her recovery as soon as it was feasible. We saw her day to day as AMC newscaster. She presented it as part of life rather than impending death.  She is still broadcasting.

jean Teodore, Semi-retired - RN October 19, 2011 3:52 PM
West Spfld MA

I would like to nominate our pastors wife, Donna Williams, because she has been such an inspiration.  After battling with breast cancer herself she chose to have her right breast removed and constructive surgery where they took a muscle from her abdomen and reconstructed her breast with it.  She is cancer free now and is a very Godly woman.  If anybody deserves this award she does.  She has been such an inspiration not only to our congregation  but the community as well.

Wendy, , Nurse Nursing Home October 19, 2011 3:24 PM
Fort Payne AL

My hero is my mom, Dr. Judy Walsh, RN, PHD. She is a breast cancer survivor who was helped so much by the ACS' Reach To Recovery volunteers after her diagnosis that she became one herself when she recovered from treatment. She also is a Race for the Cure participant every year since, for as she told my brother and myself at that first race-" I know you love and support me during this, but these women here in the pink hats know how I feel".

She is still working, as she did through diagnosis and treatment, teaching students how to be spectacular RN's, such as she is.

Her faith in God, her spirit, and her determination makes her a fighter, for she was going to beat this nasty disease when she was diagnosed. I thank God everyday she was diagnosed early, and is a 14 year survivor.  I love you, Mom!!!

Colleen Walker, Nursing - Recruiter, Wise Regional Health System October 19, 2011 12:52 PM
Decatur TX

I would like to nominate a newly found friend, Paulette Zinkann,CTR at Eastside Medical Center. She makes rounds in the hospital to newly diagnosed patients, and their families. She spends 27 hours a day involved with American Cancer Society, also many hours on the computer looking for resources not only for the patients, their families but also to educate the nurses in our hospital. She is also one of the liaison between the staff and the Oncologist who send their patients for inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy at our hospital. Paulette has a spirit of helping every one who is somehow touched by cancer of all kinds, and as one she has touched with this spirit and brought me into her world (and I Love it!) and helping me help my patients. I wish everyone who is touched by cancer had a Paulette! Thank you for allowing me to express my Love for Paulette, if she wins or not!

Mary Cates, Endoscopy/Chemo Nurse - RN, Eastside Medical Center October 19, 2011 12:43 PM
Snellville GA

I nominate my mother, Norma O'Connor as my hero.  She had a radical mastectomy in 1977.  Her procedure was done when advanced chemotherapy and radiation treatments were not readily available.  She has continued to display courage and strength since that life changing day, and is now an 86 year-old cancer survivor.  She remains a visible testimonial that faith and lifestyle modifications do make a difference!  I thank the lord every day she remains cancer free, and continues to be an inspiration to so many others.

Christie, Naturopathic Medicine - Clinical Manager, Office October 19, 2011 12:40 PM
Aurora IL

   I nominate ny daughter Nikki,who was diagnosed with breast cancer on 10/7/11 and had a masectomy on10/10/11. The day that she was told, she went on facebook to remind all of her friends and their friends to get mammograms and do breast checks. She felt like a survivor already.She had said to me "I said why me? and then I said why not me?".  "I am no different than anyone else".Her friends and their friends were getting checkups, thanks to Nikki.  She is 39 yrs old and expects to fight  forever for a  cure.

eleanor, rn October 19, 2011 12:22 PM
flemington NJ

I would like to nominate Sherree Bennett as my Breast Cancer Hero.

Sherree became my breast cancer navigator. She is a breast cancer survivor who beat the odds, took control ,went back to school and became a navigator. I am a nurse and knew nothing about breast cancer except walking in the Race for the Cure. Sherree met with my husband and I and taught us all about Breast Cancer and Staging and what to expect. My husband was so relieved to learn about what we were battling. Sherree still inspires me with her weekly Friday newsletter and words of support . So far I am cancer free but I love her upbeat messages of support and little stories she shares to help those in all levels of the disease fight on and have hope.

Kate Melton, Neuro ICU - RN, Plaza medical Center October 19, 2011 12:14 PM
Fort Worth TX

I would like to nominate Sherree Bennett as my Breast Cancer Hero.

Sherree became my breast cancer navigator. She is a breast cancer survivor who beat the odds, took control ,went back to school and became a navigator. I am a nurse and knew nothing about breast cancer except walking in the Race for the Cure. Sherree met with my husband and I and taught us all about Breast Cancer and Staging and what to expect. My husband was so relieved to learn about what we were battling. Sherree still inspires me with her weekly Friday newsletter and words of support . So far I am cancer free but I love her upbeat messages of support and little stories she shares to help those in all levels of the disease fight on and have hope.

Kate Melton, Neuro ICU - RN, Plaza medical Center October 19, 2011 12:12 PM

I would like to nominate my friend Dr.Rita D.Strickland ,RN as my hero. Rita is a  breast cancer survivor who is compassionate, loving and a giving person. Rita has started a breast cancer support group within our church. This support group has helped the women who have survived cancer and those who are newly diagnosed have an arena where they can share their concerns and stories.This support group is a blessing because my daughter has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.The women in the group who can will attend appointment with each other.The group is all about keeping a positive attitude,holding on to your faith and being a testimony for others.

Patricia, Admin - Head Nurse, CIH October 19, 2011 11:39 AM
Brooklyn NY

I would like to nominate my colleague and dear friend, Peggy Creamier. She is our Materials Engagement Director, and works so very hard. She is loyal and committed to her job which is a very demanding one, but always follows through. Her work ethic is of high standards, and she is such a lovely , gentle person to work with.

When Peggy found out she had breast cancer, she tackled it just like she would anything in her job, with strength, no complaints, focus, and the belief she would do her best and it would be gone. I know she was scared, but fear was not an option, she kept her sense of humor and emailed everyone jokes and posts on her recovery. She returned to work, it seemed almost immediately,  just as tough, just as positive. She is always taking care of others, including her mother who is battling Alzheimer's.

Peggy is my inspiration that I can get through anything. I too battle leukemia, but I don't live in fear, I live in the shadow of Peggy who provides me with hope and strength, and her friendship.  She truly is an inspiration and deserves to be acknowledged!

Lynda Knight, Pediatrics - Resuscitation Educator, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital October 19, 2011 11:38 AM
Palo Alto CA

In 1994 my wife was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and told she had 12-18 mo to live.  She endured high doses of chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiation but kept working as a mental health nurse.  After treatment she went back to school, still working full time, and graduated with her BS in nursing.  During that time she became active in breast cancer advocacy and started a breast cancer support group.  

In 1999 she became involved with the newly formed Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation and focused her volunteer efforts on IBC.  In 2003 she left her 'day job' and devoted full time to the organization and broadened her volunteer efforts to include work with the FDA and various research projects.

The cancer diagnosis 17 yr ago that could have taken her life, gave her new life and purpose.  I'm proud of all she has accomplished and know that she has helped many people deal with this awful disease and her involvement in research will help find answers that will end this disease.  To me she has always been a hero!

Steve, Pastor October 19, 2011 11:33 AM
Lafayette IN

I would like to nominate my Aunt Linda. She had two very small baby girls when she was diagnosed with Breast cancer.  She had just lost her mother to cancer the year before and was devistated by the news.  With a strength from somewhere not of this world she fought, maybe for her mother, maybe for her children, but she fought; through chemo, through radiation, countless surgeries, holistic and alternative treatments and sent it into remission.  After years of remission they found cancer in her lungs, she fought harder and won the 2nd battle.  Then to her uterus where she had a complete hysterectomy, but she held on and she fought the good fight.  Next her bones and liver, they changed her medication, more chemo, more radiation because she will not relent.  She is the kind of fighter that would put Ali to shame.  It has been over 20 years since the day that they told her she had months.  So many times she has been told she will not make it this time.  But each time, she grows stronger, fights harder and finds new ways to stay alive.  Her children are both in college now and she will be going back in a few months for a repeat PET scan to see if the latest spots on her lungs AGAIN are gone.  I love this woman more than anything, for her strength, for her will to live and for the love that she emits when she speaks.  She is a beacon of hope for woman everywhere and deserves everything brilliant this world has to offer.

Brittni, NICU - Registered Nurse October 19, 2011 11:02 AM
Fort Lauderdale FL

I would like to nominate my daughter LaTasha Carter as being a Breast Cancer Hero. Tasha was diagnosed with breast cancer at 29 years of age, six months ago. She has went thru six rounds of chemotherapy and is currently going thru a combination of chemo / radiation therapy while working as an RN at John Peter Smith Hospital, Ft. Worth, TX. Her faith in God, strong will, determination and positive mind set has been a motivating factor for me.  Though some days she may be experiencing nausea or discomfort, she still manages to keeps a smile on her face and never complain. When first diagnosed, she took the challenge head on by saying, "OK, lets do this, cancer is not going to get me, I've got this."  Tasha is my hero and a great inspiration to me. I thank God for her and her great support system...You guys are the best, and also considered my heros; Skeet, Samara, Mary,  Joh'netta, Tasha H., Shelim, and Vero; you are all the greatest!  

Glenda, RN, BSN - UTMB, Tx. Youth Commission October 19, 2011 10:46 AM
Mexia TX

I thought about nominating myself, afterall I battled breast ca, continued my fulltime job at a LTC facility, withstand chemo/radiation, did my exams with College Network all when my friends and family say to take a break. I could'nt take a break. I had breast cancer,breast cancer did'nt have me! There were the days of 102 temperature,weakening pain in my joints, total hair loss, fingernails blackened I even had to detour from work one afternoon to get a size 11 pair of sneakers (I wear a size9) to accommodate my swollen feet, but I had breast cancer, breast cancer didnt have me. I just kept going.

Lurline Davis, healthcare - LPN, LTC October 19, 2011 10:06 AM
Jamaica NY

I would like to nominate my mother. She has never thought of herself as a victim, but as a survivor from the beginning. After she was told her tumor was malignant, she was asked, "okay, what do you want to do to get your affairs in order?" Her reply was "What are you talking about? I'm not rolling over and dying. I'm fighting this!" And she did. That was almost 12 years ago. My mother demonstrated that strength of will and the refusal to give up and be a victim are often enough to succeed even when the body betrays itself or feels too weak to continue. My mother, in her 50's at the time, worked full-time and volunteered with a Breast Cancer Support Group to help others while undergoing her own treatment. We called her "the elegant pitbull" before, but she earned the nickname 5 times over by beating The Big C with grace and dignity. She is such an inspiration.

Daniele, ICU - RN, Central Maine Medical Center October 19, 2011 10:01 AM
Lewiston ME

I would like to nominate my friend Nicole Faske. I have know Nicole since she was two years old. She has been a wonderful example and role model for others throughout her young life, and has survived and overcome so many struggles for someone so young. She was diagnosed with breast cancer while still in her 20's. She works as an Emergency Room RN and most recently received recognition from her fellow employees by being voted Employee of the Year. She has done all this while being a wife and mother to 3 small children. She is a courageous woman and I am honored to call her a friend.

Tammy Johnson, Psych - RN, Brenham State Supported Living Center October 19, 2011 9:37 AM
Brenham TX

MaeDella Perry is my breast cancer hero. She continues to teach with excellence at USCA, remains active in Ch Eta Phi Nursing Sorority and her church despite undergoing continued cancer treatments. She led a team of family members, church members and co-workers during the breast cancer 3 mile walk in Augusta, GA this past Saturday. She's running her race against breast cancer with faith, grace and a smile.

Maggie Thurmond Dorsey, Nursing - Professor Emerita, USCAiken October 19, 2011 9:15 AM
Aiken SC

Carmen Ortiz, RN-C is a co-worker who is a Breast Cancer survivor. She is such an inspiration to all of us! Always wearing a smile and giving of herself to her patients and co-workers without hesitation... This is the first anniversary of the clinic where we are employed and Carmen took charge of Breast Cancer Awareness Month here. She displayed posters, gave out pink breast cancer lapel ribbons, and organized a one mile walk around our clinic. What a great turnout!She even handed out appreciation gifts to all those who participated. Carmen's spirit, smile and warmth are contagious, and we are truly blessed to know her, and celebrate her life!

Donna Carroll, Ambulatory Care - BSN, RN-C, The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic October 19, 2011 9:06 AM
The Villages FL

Sheri is my hero.  Over 10 years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  After surgery and throughout her radiation and chemo, she continued to work as a lactation consultant helping many moms on the mother baby unit as well as the NICU be successful in breastfeeding their babies.  In addition, she continued to coordinate the lactation services at the hospital.  In January of 2010, she was diagnosed with a recurrence of bresat cancer (very early) and underwent radiation therapy and continues on oral long term therapy.  Again she continued to work with mothers and babies during therapy.  She continues to be cancer free at this time and her work with breastfeeding mothers continues.  She always has a positive outlook and is very supportive and encouraging of brestfeeding mothers.  She is a true survivor and a wonderful compassionate nurse!

Robin, Lactation - Perinatal Services Manager, Rex Healthcare October 19, 2011 8:58 AM
Raleigh NC

Miriam is an RN at Meadowbrook Care Center and she is also a breast cancer survivor.  She is a single mom who takes care of her family along with her son who is physicaly challenged.... I have never seen her without a smile on her face. Always pleasant to everyone.  She is very attentive to our residents and puts everyone else before herself.  I would like to nominate her for she is truly a hero.

Miriam Kahn, MDS - RN, Meadowbrook Care Center October 19, 2011 8:36 AM
Freeport NY

Edie Marden, RN, is my breast cancer hero. Edie and I worked together for many years. She worked as the Nurse Manager on my medical oncology unit and then my srgical oncology unit. There was no drama when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She toook care of it in a way to upset the least amount of people.  She never asked for special favors, although it was our pleasure to offer them to her. After months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, she returned to work to the open arms of her staff, who missed her terribly and supported her every day. throughout her illness, her main concern were her two little girls. thank God they still have their mother.

Karen McGlynn, Nursing - Deputy CNO, Nassau University Medical Center October 19, 2011 8:01 AM
East Meadow NY

Stephanie has the brightest smile ever.  She was diagnosed shortly after having a baby ...........she was a trooper and is the greatest advocate of patients.  She is a "pink" promoter and her support, encouragement surpasses any.

Ms. O'Quinn is my hero

Stephanie , Oncology - Resource Coordinator, St. Joseph's/Candler October 19, 2011 7:02 AM
Savannah GA

My best friend has been battling breast CA, diabetes and neuropathy since Feb. 2011.  She is taking chemo/radiation. She is taking care of herself with the help of family and friends.  She is more concerned about others and what will happen to her rescued dogs than about herself. She is one of the strongest women I have met personally and I am constantly amazed by her strength, courage, faith, and compassion for others.  She is such a strong fighter and I can't help but smile when I think of the saying "I am woman, hear me roar!" I am humbled by her for she never complains even on her worse day when it is all that she can do to hold her head up.  I thank God for my friend and continue to pray for her & others fighting this.

Marlene Coffey RN, nursing - RN, CVM October 18, 2011 5:17 PM
Burkesville KY

My hero is Elizabeth Stanek, RN. She was diagnosed with breast cancer only months after facing the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. She had bravely fought both of these diseases with great courage, never complaining, and never once did she ask "why me?".

As soon as she was physically able, she was right back at work caring for patients she considered less fortunate than herself.  Through it all, not only has she battled both of these terrible diseases, she continued to work as a very kind and compassionate nurse, further her education (completing her BSN in May), take care of her family and be a friend.  Beth consistently put her own cares and needs aside, more concerned with the concerns and needs of others.  She has completed at least 3 Susan G Komen 3-day (60 miles each) walk for a cure.  Beth has truly been an inspiration to all who know her --co-workers and patients alike.

Cynthia, Pulmonology - CNP October 17, 2011 6:52 PM
Rochester MN

I would like to nominate Nancy Gwynn, RN. She continued to work with a great attitude and was always smiling after her diagnosis of breast cancer. She caught it early, was a trooper throughout her treatments, and an inspiration to patients, friends, and nurses alike. I never saw a frown, and she never whined. She was at an age where she could have easily said "I'm through" with nursing, but she continued on, mostly for her sanity. She has given her life to nursing, and I hope you will choose her as a recipient of the gift. She is a true hero in my eyes.

Kim Setser, Hospitalist - FNP, Lakeway Regional Hospital October 17, 2011 10:57 AM
Morristown TN

    What is a hero?  A hero is someone who is tough and keeps on going.  My mother Jennifer was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on Febuary 15th 2011.  She also has diabetes, neuropathy, going through chemo and radiation.

    She is very sick most of the time, but still takes care of her 8 resuce dogs and finds homes for other strays!  She is my hero and tough enough to beat this awful sickness and keep on going!

Jada Morrow October 15, 2011 8:45 AM
Monticello KY

My "Hero"...Is my mother Catherine C. Even thought she has been through so much in her life with different types of surgeries, my mother still stayed very strong.  I always wanted to growup with her strength.  My mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer a couple years ago. She had to undergo surgery along with alot of chemotherapy... at last the cancer was gone, so we thought... Now in the year of 2011 that enemey... cancer, decided to return. This time it started in her kidneys and now is spreading through out her body....The doctors tried chemo again, but my mothers body has gotten to the point where it can't take anymore chemo...so now my mother is residing at hospice home. Still hanging on to herself.....her life.  She's my "Hero"....Stronger now then she has ever been...."My Mother".  <3 <3 <3 <3 xoxoxox

Virginia, medical - CNA/Student, Nursing Home October 14, 2011 2:40 PM
High Point NC

My mom, Linda, is my hero. Since my grandmother was diagnosed over 12 years ago with breast cancer she has fought to find a cure by supporting the American Cancer Society's Relay for life. SHe has served on the Relay Committee for many years and has chaired silent auctions and other fundraisers to raise thousands and thousands of dollars for the cause to find a cure.  She has remained positive and hopeful that one day there will be a cure! This coming November will mark one year since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy and after months of surgeries, complications and chemotherapy my mom will have, what we hope and pray, will be her last major surgery in her reconstruction process the end of this month. The chemo has left her with neuropathies in her feet and hands and her personal stress level dealing with other family illnesses my mother has perservered. Through her strong faith in God,her love for life, positive spirit and passion to be a testimony for others, my mother, has been my hero though all of these trials, just as she has been all my life.  She is just as passionate, as she has always been, to fight to find a cure. What a woman! What a hero! If you know her, you know she is worthy of this praise!  And as her private duty nurse, I could not have asked for a better, more appreciative patient. I love you mom!

Lindsey October 13, 2011 8:44 PM
Amelia VA

My mom is my hero. Since my grandmother was diagnosed over 12 years ago with breast cancer she has fought to find a cure by supporting the American Cancer Society's Relay for life. SHe has served on the Relay COmmittee for many years and has chaired silent auctions and other fundraisers to raise thousands and thousands of dollars for the cause to find a cure.  She has remained positive and hopeful that one day there will be a cure! This coming November will mark one year since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy and after months of surgeries, complications and chemotherapy my mom will have, what we hope and pray, will be her last major surgery in her reconstruction process the end of this month. The chemo has left her with neuropathies in her feet and hands and her personal stress level dealing with other family illnesses my mother has perservered. Through her strong faith in God,her love for life, positive spirit and passion to be a testimony for others, my mother, has been my hero though all of these trials, just as she has been all my life.  She is just as passionate, as she has always been, to fight to find a cure. What a woman! What a hero! If you know her, you know she is worthy of this praise!

Lindsey October 13, 2011 8:38 PM
Amelia VA

My grandmother Mary Mathews is my hero! When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the kids never heard about it...her chemo, mastectomy, everything was done with the grandkids not knowing a thing. She never let on that anything untoward was going on. She went about her daily life as if there was nothing to worry about. She baked, swam, crafted, and devoted her time to making wonderful memories with us. It was not until I was much older and she confided to me that some days she jsut wanted to rest and lay in bed, quaking with fear but she would see our faces and knew that was not how she wanted to spend her time that was left to her. Her cancer went into remission and she lived another 15 years....I have thought many times of her strength and love at what was a worrisome and painful time for her- she inspires me to be the best nurse I can be!

jamie heustess, neonatal icn - registered nurse, memorial health univ. med ctr October 13, 2011 10:26 AM
savannah GA

Wonderful idea.  

daria randolph, gerontology - LPN, Mcguire va hosp. October 12, 2011 7:09 PM
richmond VA

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