Meet our Komen Greater Nashville Survivors
We are all survivors because of the impact Susan G. Komen has had on ground-breaking research. And we all live the mission of Susan G. Komen to do everything in our power to end breast cancer forever! We love LIVING in the Greater Nashville area and being part of our local Komen Affiliate! WE live here, We race here, We save lives here!
I did not think anything was out of the ordinary when they called me back for more images after my yearly mammogram. After all, I had been through this before and the biopsy revealed a benign cyst. After this biopsy in December 2010, I waited patiently for the call to come: "all clear." The call came, but the message was different: "I'm sorry to say you have cancer." All I could think of was being here for my husband and three children - they needed me. I was only 42.
I learned the power of words many years ago at the knee of my great-grandmother as she read me bedtime stories. However I couldn’t imagine how powerful a little word like “cancer” would be when I heard it from my doctor this past year. You’d think I would be extra cautious and somehow mentally prepared for breast cancer since it seemed to be running rampant in my family but I was not. I don’t think anyone is ever truly prepared to hear the words “you have breast cancer,” at least I wasn’t. 2012 was a very eventful year. I was forty and fabulous, or so I thought…
Lola felt her fate with cancer was inevitable due to an existing condition: “I developed fibrocystic around 18 and over the years it progressed to the point a self-exam was impossible for me to perform. At 28, my OB-GYN decided it was time for me to start my yearly mammogram and ultrasound. It was during one of those routine exams my tumor was discovered. At the time I was not afraid because I knew it was something I had to face. This new season of life brought me into the deepest relationship with my Heavenly Father that I had ever experienced in my life”.
My name is Scarlet Jent and I am a 35-year-old breast cancer survivor. As the one-year anniversary of my diagnosis quickly approaches, I can identify three things that brought me to where I am today on my breast cancer journey...
Perhaps the dearest and most influential person in my life was my grandmother. She was a gentle soul with a loving and caring spirit. She was someone I have always strived to emulate. I was lucky enough to have her in my life for 28 years until breast cancer took her away. Going through that experience and loss made me extremely conscious of the need to be vigilant about my breast health, something my grandmother had never been told to do. For these reasons, I eventually became the poster child for regular mammograms.
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