September 28th I had the pleasure of photographing survivors for Scooters for Hooters - Morristown. I was so honored to have this opportunity to meet these wonderful women and hear their individual stories. I felt it was important to share with you their stories as well so with their permission I will share them with you one by one.
Early detection is best!
Be self aware!
Do you self exams!
Know your body!
Meet Dawn Briggs
Founder of Scooters for Hooters Morristown
Take a moment to read her personal journey
"August 2003 not a month or year I will ever forget. I had a physical Scheduled with my GP Doctor when I casually mentioned to him: "Hey I have this annoying sensation and a small knot in my left breast, can you take a look and tell me what you think" After the examination he scheduled me for a mammogram the following week. What I remember most is the waiting, I watched as other ladies walked in and walked out. And I waited. I had a mammogram and I waited. I had an ultra sound and I waited. After what seemed like an eternity I was told they had all they needed and the Doctor would be in touch, I was free to go. The next step was a biopsy. And I waited for those results. But here is were I would like to add I was told over and over that they didn't think it was cancer, because you normally don't feel pain with cancer. After I followed all the steps. I was told the words nobody wants to hear: YOU HAVE CANCER! how could this be? there was no immediate family history. I was told they really didn't think it was cancer, one doesn't feel pain with cancer, I was too young! I thought, Did I hear the doctor right? So I asked what does that mean? Fortunately for me it was found early. I listened to what my body was telling me, that something is not right. Because I listened it was found in the early stages. I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ. After consulting with several doctors I elected to have a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. This was the right choice for me, I have no regrets. The journey was long, not only was it a physical transition but an emotional one as well. My body was being changed. There was much to adjust to. Cancer had invaded my body. Cancer made me make a choice. Cancer made me cry and Cancer made me hurt. Cancer had taken enough from me. I took back my hope, my faith, my laughter. For a moment it knocked the breathe out of me but after the shock I fought back. In the end I won."
"Through great love, prayers, and support from my family and friends I made it through."
"Toady I am healthy and happy. I am a Survivor!"
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