Scooters for Hooters Morristown 2016 Issue II - Janice Elaine Baker

October 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

As we bring October to a close. I can say it's been a month filled with many memorable moments. I love this time of year for so many reasons, the beautiful fall colors, the change of the weather, trick or treating, not to mention my birthday falls during this time. Not only do I celebrate my birthday but I celebrate being a breast cancer survivor! This month, this very week 13 years ago I was recovering from having a bilateral mastectomy. Not only did I have a great team of doctors taking care of me I had a army of support from family and friends! The love and support I received helped me to heal and to deal with the process and journey that I was on. Because of the helping hand I received, I knew I wanted to give back to others helping and encouraging them as they begin their journey with this disease. Being there for someone who understands and knows what your facing can help the process. By doing this I have meet some amazing women who have inspired me. That is why today I do all that I can to spread the word about early detection, as well as trying to lend an encouraging word, a helping hand, or hug to those facing their battle with this disease. We have come so far from long ago yet we still have a ways to go. I will continue to do my part not only during October but through out the year. Cancer doesn't just show up in October so remember to know your body, listen to your body, do your self breast exams, talk with your doctor about scheduling a mammogram. We think pink for our Mothers, daughters, sisters, Aunts, and friends. Together we can make a difference. Together we are strong. Early detection is best!

 

 

Meet my dear friend Janice

Meet my dear friend Janice. She and her husband started riding motorcycles a few years ago with as a hobby. Then She begin riding in different rides, some of them for charity, giving her the opportunity to meet new people, including more women riders. I ask Janice to ride to Morristown with some ladies for breast cancer; I did this because I find it so fascinating and cool that these ladies ride bikes! Plus Janice has a personality that is so infectious, she has a way of making people feel at ease with her smile and bubbly disposition But more importantly her faith and love for the lord radiates. So I wanted her to be apart of the event. She spreads such joy and hope.. On the day of the ride only 3 of ladies were able to make the trip. It was so cool to see these ladies ride up on their bikes. Janice said "they realized the importance of supporting women who are still in the battle against this dreadful disease called cancer." So off they set. Riding from London Ky to Morristown TN. We laughed together, prayed together, and meet some amazing new ladies, then we said our good byes, Janice said

 

"This event help me to realize that God is in control."

 

 


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Scooters for Hooters Morristown 2016 Issue I - Angela Winkler

October 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

I had such a wonderful time with all of these ladies and getting to hear their stories.

 

Meet the beautiful Angela Winkler

 

I would like to introduce you to Angela Winkler, My new friend, my sister in pink.

 

This is her story:

 

I am a wife, a mother of two, to a sweet headstrong young daughter and an active wild little boy.

While nursing my son, I discovered a lump in my left breast. This discovery changed the direction of my life dramatically.

I was faced with having an ultrasound, a mammogram, three biopsies, and multiple other tests.

June 14, 2016 will be a date forever etched into my mind as it was confirmed that

I had invasive ductal carcinoma in the upper left breast.

The ugly cancer had invaded my breast and my body.

It had spread throughout my left breast and into one of my lymph nodes.

I have recently endured a bilateral mastectomy and I am currently undergoing 6 rounds of chemo treatments.

Once that is completed, I will have to have 6 weeks of radiation followed by the removal of my ovaries.

The final step will be reconstructive surgery and medication for at least 10 years.

I still have a long road ahead of me but I am a fighter and will continue pushing through.

This journey has taught me to not take the little things for granted, embrace my family and friends and enjoy life every day.

I am thankful for detecting the lump and listening to my body.

I encourage each you to complete your monthly breast exams.

It literally takes a Minute or two, doing this easy step can make all the difference....early detection is best!

 

~ Angela

 


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Scooters for Hooters Morristown 2015 Issue IX - Clara Belle McElhaney

October 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

As we draw to the end of October we wrap up breast cancer awareness month.
I want to say thank you to all who helped in this journey with me by spreading the word of awareness as well as their stories.
I think it's safe to say we all would love to have a cure found.
But until that time we will continue to raise awareness by
reminding you to know your body, to listen to your body, and to have your mammograms. 
Early detection is best! 

I had such a wonderful time with all of these ladies and getting to hear their stories.

 

Meet the beautiful Clara Belle McElhaney

 

"I had the privilege of becoming great friends with this delightful lady. In 2008 she found out that I was participating in The Race for the Cure and asked if she could join me for the event. I was thrilled to have her join me having no idea that day would began a beautiful friendship. For several years she joined me in The Race for the Cure. The time we spent together is priceless, I would not trade those moments for anything.
The bond we shared in the event is unbreakable and truly special. 
 
When Clara Belle shared with me her journey. I was more amazed at just how remarkable of a person she was.
Diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, she stood proud And strong. She under went a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. 
Not a lady to be a burden on anyone there were many times she would take herself to her treatment appointments.
She knew how she would react to the treatment and planned her time accordingly to get back home before the nausea started.
This was her way of handling what was dealt to her. 
 
I learned so much from her on strength, courage, faith, and determination.
I honor this remarkable lady and tip my hat to her.
I have never meet someone who was so strong  and had a heart of gold.
For her it was the right treatment plan.
Clara Belle over came stage 4 breast cancer. After going into remission
Clara Belle continued with her well health check ups.  
 
She was an 18 year survivor. 
 Small in stature but mighty in faith.
I could not be more proud to call her my friend, my mighty little warrior in pink.
Here's to you Ms Clara Belle and to all you taught me. 
 

Thank you very much!

 

~Dawn
 
 


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Scooters for Hooters Morristown 2015 Issue VIII - Mary Gummo Richardson

October 29, 2015  •  1 Comment

 

We all have our own journey, struggles, and beliefs.

While our paths may have taken us on a route we didn't won't to take, We all had choices to make.

We have all shed our own amount of tears or reached our own goals and successes at different times and ways.

Some of us may have asked why me? Others may have said why not me.

We all have our own unique stories; however the common theme is....Breast Cancer. 
Please take a moment to read in the next following days Our stories of hope, faith,
Courage, strength, determination, resilience.
We have been bound together; We are Pretty in Pink-Sisters in Pink. We are Survivors! 

 

~ Dawn Briggs - Scooters for Hooters Morristown

I had such a wonderful time with all of these ladies and getting to hear their stories.

 

Meet the beautiful Mary Gummo-Richardson 

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Embracing a dear friend
 
"I had privilege of meeting Mary in 2012.  Our friendship began through a work related event-The Women in trucking Conference.  
As we got to know each other that weekend we also discovered that we were both Breast Cancer Survivors. 
 
30 years ago Mary found out she had breast cancer.
After going through a lumpectomy followed by radiation, She thought she had put Breast cancer behind her.
Recently she found out that cancer had returned.
Having to face this disease again Mary went in on Oct 5, 2015 for a double mastectomy.
 
Sending you well wishes, hugs, and love for complete healing." 

~ Dawn Briggs
 
 


Southern Grace Studios is sending you well wishes Mary.

May you heal quickly and get back on that bike again living life to the fullest!
 

 
 
 
 

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Scooters for Hooters Morristown 2015 Issue VII - Sherri Murray

October 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

We all have our own journey, struggles, and beliefs.

While our paths may have taken us on a route we didn't won't to take, We all had choices to make.

We have all shed our own amount of tears or reached our own goals and successes at different times and ways.

Some of us may have asked why me? Others may have said why not me.

We all have our own unique stories; however the common theme is....Breast Cancer. 
Please take a moment to read in the next following days Our stories of hope, faith,
Courage, strength, determination, resilience.
We have been bound together; We are Pretty in Pink-Sisters in Pink. We are Survivors! 

 

~ Dawn Briggs - Scooters for Hooters Morristown

I had such a wonderful time with all of these ladies and getting to hear their stories.

 

Meet the beautiful Sherri Murray

 

"In Aug 2014 , 4 months Shy of my 49th birthday I had recently got new insurance so I decided to get a yearly physical. My Doctor "Says I'd like to send u for a diagnostic mammogram." I said sure ok.

He informed me I was no where near menopause my estrogen levels were nice and high. 


Having raised 6 sons, and grandblessings galore, Being a business owner for the past 3 years Still playing co-ed softball And a workaholic well I had plenty of other excuses for being so tired and moody. 


September  5th, 2014 at 10 am I went for MY VERY 1st MAMMOGRAM ... 3 hours later after 2 ultrasounds and the infamous breast flattening mammogram ( not as bad as I'd heard it was though) I had been gone less than 15 min.

When my phone rings and a Dr is apologizing for telling me over the phone she needs me to be at oncologist breast surgeon in 5 days, they found some things that causes concern. 


Being a suck it up kinda person that's what I do for the next few days. Not long after I arrive I get examined she has films and says WELL, I see alot of this but only about 5% turn out to be anything and she flippidly remarks, as she slaps at my leg...BUT DON'T WORRY even if it turns out to be cancerous  YOU'LL LIVE. 


4 days later I'm getting a biopsy of my right breast supposedly in the 12:00 area. They accidentally did 3:00 area put the chip in where they had removed tissue and informed me I may have to come back to do over. I got the call shortly after that,  

I had a MRI scheduled for the next Monday.


3 days later I'm back at oncology breast Doctor Where I could tell right away she was a lot different; more serious and quiet in her bedside manner. She left room then came back sat down with a big pink book and folder where she began to say Sherri, you're the 5% I spoke of and thought we caught it in beginning stages you have high grade 3 which is fast growing .. you are Estrogen and Progesterone positive and you have a 5.7 centimeter mass in your left breast as well. I have never been one who responds with tears or worrying I Think I made her nervous because I had no fear. She kept asking me if I need a tissue and trying to encourage me to sit down but I assured her I was fine. Just give me the bottom line and let's get busy.


She said 9 weeks going to have radiation and 5 year Tamoxifen-BILATERAL MASTECTOMY WAS THE BEST option because even if they took right breast a left breast mass was benign my cancer WAS COMING BACK be it 3 days or 3 yrs. I could forego radiation if I opted for COMPLETE REMOVAL OF SKIN, BREAST, AND NIPPLES. I said to her get'em off! I chose  reconstruction to be done immediately after breast removal. I would later regret that decision.


I went home in a bit of a fog at what had just taken place. I PROCLAIMED I SHALL LIVE AND NOT DIE ... BEING A BELIEVER that FAITH AND FEAR cannot dwell in the same house I chose FAITH and chose to trust GOD I had no clue what I was facing but HE KNOWS ALL, HE had a plan. That afternoon I called a friend gave her all information to gather my children and explain what was going on with STRICT INSTRUCTIONS  that nothing was to cross their lips that mama was dying of cancer !!! They were to speak life. 


I chose not to tell my children over the phone 8 hrs away.
October 16th I said goodbye to my family and went under the knife at 6ish A.M. I saw them around 4 pm that afternoon. The next day my oncologist came in to tell me all 6 lymph nodes were clean and 5.7 centimeter mass was benign.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY ....this cancer had not spread !


Since then I've  had 6 surgeries 3 being breast reconstruction. I could write a book on the many miracles that took place beginning 4 mos. Prior to my diagnosis but for now just know that Today, one year later I am BLESSED TO SAY I AM CANCER FREE ... It has been a roller coaster to say the least and I wouldn't have chosen this route but my prayers are that my journey can help others to KNOW THAT WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THEM THAT BELIEVE...
MOST IMPORTANTLY,  
I know a MAMMOGRAM helped save my life please do not wait, take care of YOURSELF FIRST so you can be here to help take care of your loved ones. 

 

 
 
 
 

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