October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease. Please join us in celebrating five inspiring breast cancer survivor stories from Hometown Health employees who have defeated breast cancer. Our hope is their stories will inspire you to take action and schedule a mammogram today.
Ilene Evans, Manager of Planning – Part III
My mother passed away from breast cancer at the age of fifty-six when I was just thirty-one. The doctors only gave her two years to live after the initial diagnosis and she made it thirteen!
I have always been diligent with my own exams, both self exams and mammograms, so the diagnosis of my breast cancer was very surprising to me. At the age of fifty-one, I felt a “hard area,” not even a lump. When I went in for my regularly scheduled appointment, I asked them to pay close attention to that area. The 3D mammogram didn’t see anything, so I asked for further testing. Ultimately, through an MRI, the tumor was found and diagnosed. Through this process, I have focused on the right mental attitude, staying busy and active, and always making sure my family’s lives were “normal”.