Not Everyone Is Here To Tell Their Story
TBBCF Survivor Series 2023
By Ellyn Santiago
Since, tragically, some are not with us to tell their breast cancer journey stories, perhaps that’s the most important reason for survivors to share theirs.
As was done in 2022, the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation presents its 2023 Survivor Series. The series is a campaign of hope, especially for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, as researchers work to find better treatments, cures and help to improve quality of life for cancer patients. The series is also an opportunity for survivors to share their voices.
National Cancer Institute-funded researchers are working to help prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer and are “looking at how to address disparities and improve quality of life for survivors of the disease.”
Listening to this year’s TBBCF Walk co-chairs Pamela Morris Watt and Shelley Gregory tell their breast cancer journey stories may inspire others to do the same. Both are 15-year survivors, top fundraisers, marathoners, and year-round TBBCF volunteers.
In 2022, Watt shared the reality of what many diagnosed with breast cancer surely go through.
“When diagnosed, a million things go through their head, the first one is typically death. But a breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence anymore. Research has come such a long way.” View Watt in 2021 Survivor Series Video: TBBCF Survivors Research Matters
This year, Gregory tells her story. For her, this quote is emblematic of how she feels as a survivor. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.” View her story at Shelley Gregory Story
Here’s how to share your survivor story
The hoped-for goal of the series is to educate and inspire others who are struggling with this disease. Breast cancer is a life-changing experience. Some may prefer not to speak about this time in their lives, and that choice is respected and honored. Some may find it cathartic to share their experiences. If you are interested in sharing your story, we would love to hear from you with your answers to a few question: Your Story Then and Now
Contact TBBCF Walk co-chair Shelley Gregory via email at [email protected] or call 860-227-3143 for more information, or with questions.