Friendship, Scrapbooking Help Super Survivor Through Breast Cancer Journey

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Women's Fair Super Survivors | Posted on 14-10-2013

AngelaEven though breast cancer ran in her family, Angela Moore didn’t think anything was seriously wrong when she felt an unusual mass in her breast.

She knew to be alert for a lump in the breast. Her mother had passed away from breast cancer as well as an aunt and a grandmother. This mass, however, didn’t feel anything like what she had expected and so she thought it was harmless.

“I felt something in there, but it was long and felt like a vein. I didn’t think anything of it. It wasn’t a lump,” she said.

Six months later, Angela brought it up during a visit with her gynecologist, who referred her to have it examined. She learned that she had two tumors in the same breast, one positioned on top of the other, which had caused the unusual formation she had felt. Read the rest of this entry »

With Husband’s and Co-Workers’ Support, Super Survivor Refuses to Slow Down

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Women's Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 23-09-2013

333-13-01When Vicki Simmons learned that she had Stage 2 breast cancer last October, it confirmed what she had suspected when she first discovered the lump in her breast a week before.

“That was a long day,” she recalled when she heard the news. “I sat and cried.”

But those tears didn’t last long. “I’m going to beat it,” the 57-year-old woman said. “I’m from the old school. I can tough it out.”

And with the help of her husband, Dale, as well as the support of co-workers, she has made it through her treatments and chemotherapy. “So far, so good,” she said.

Vicki, of Mount Auburn, is one of three women who were randomly chosen as Super Survivors to be honored at this year’s Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair. The fourth annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Survivor Faces Loss of Loved Ones During Breast Cancer Recovery

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Women's Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 07-08-2013

Kristen Becker Hoffman

Kristan Becker Hoffman

Kristan Becker Hoffman learned that the lump in her breast was cancer. It was a hard-hitting confirmation that would change her life and her family’s, but she was prepared to face it and seek the treatment to put her on the path to beat the disease.

She was 38 when she received her diagnosis in May 2012. What she couldn’t know was that two unimaginable losses would confront her in less than four months as she went through her treatment.

First, her father, Loren Becker of Jacksonville, would die of heart failure in August. About five weeks later, her husband, Bobby Hoffman, would die from a stroke.

They were a big part of her foundation as she went through treatment, and that foundation “was literally pulled out from under us.”

Kristan, of Jacksonville, is one of three women who were randomly chosen as Super Survivors to be honored at this year’s Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair. The fourth annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Finley: Like Many Women, No Family History of Breast Cancer

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Women's Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 17-10-2012

Jennifer with her friends

Just because you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, it doesn’t mean you’re safe. Jennifer Finley learned that when she was diagnosed a decade ago in her early 30s.

Her first child, Nicholas, was just a baby when she visited her doctor for a routine exam. Her doctor felt something that he thought should be checked out further. It turned out to be cancer and it had grown extremely fast. 

“It was totally out of the blue,” the Buffalo mom of three recalls. “I’d had no family history of anyone having breast cancer.” 

More than 220,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Like Jennifer, more than 85 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.  Read the rest of this entry »

Angie Daniels: Young Mom Reaches Out to Other Young Cancer Patients

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Women's Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 18-09-2012

Angie Daniels and her family

Diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in her late 20s, Angie Daniels now hopes to share her story and encouragement with other young women after they receive the same life-shattering news.

“When I was diagnosed, I really didn’t have anyone to reach out to,” the Springfield mom of two young girls recalls. Other women diagnosed with breast cancer were older “and their situation was much different” than hers.

Today, she and a friend, a breast cancer survivor she met when she learned of her diagnosis, are working to start a support group for other young women who have been diagnosed with cancer. They’re collaborating with Bright Pink, a national nonprofit group that offers education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Becky Daugherty: A Super Survivor Who Works with Hospice Patients

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Women's Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Women | Posted on 20-08-2012

Becky Daughtery, CNA

Even while Becky Daugherty was receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer, she rarely let it slow her down as she worked with hospice patients – some of whom were losing their own battles with cancer.

Becky is a certified nursing assistant with Memorial Home Services Hospice and has worked with hospice patients for 23 years. Her cancer journey only strengthened her bond with her patients.

“They’ve told me that I have a better understanding of what they’re going through,” she said.

The Pawnee resident is one of three women who were named Super Survivors for this year’s Be Aware Women’s Fair, an annual event hosted by Memorial Medical Center that is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »