My very first “real” job (read: no waiting tables), I worked for a private practice OB/GYN clinic. Working at the office I was exposed to so many good and bad things. Many miracle babies were born, many lives were saved because of early detection and unfortunately, many women were diagnosed with breast cancer. All of the those breast cancer diagnosis were tragic but the most tragic of all was when one of our own was diagnosed.
When Jan was diagnosed, it hit our group hard. As our main triage nurse, she was the one who was constantly reassuring patients and answering their questions about the problems and conditions they had. Now, she was on the other end, asking the questions to which she really already knew the answers. She was young, I don’t remember her exact age at her diagnosis but if she was over 40, it was just by a few years. Jan was a trooper. She approached her diagnosis with a positive attitude and brought humor to the situation when she could. Though she was short in stature, she was very blessed when it came to the size of her “girls.” I’ll never forget her letting my co-worker and friend, Melanie and me “play” with her prothesis before her reconstructive surgery. While some people might think this was inappropriate, it was just her way of bringing humor to a situation in which there isn’t much to laugh about.
Her life after her breast cancer diagnosis was filled with all the things that made her happy. She was happily married and had adopted two beautiful girls from China. Jan had everything she wanted in life: a husband, a beautiful family and crazy co-workers to keep her laughing. She accomplished all her dreams and was happy. Everything was going so well and then the cancer returned. And it returned with a vengeance. Jan was a warrior but the cancer’s recurrence was just too much for her. Sadly, Jan passed away in 2006.
As a strong supporter of breast cancer research funding, I am proud to support the Ford Warriors in Pink® that raises awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ford Warriors in Pink. The opinions and text are all mine.