Go Pink Day Story – MD Anderson and the Importance of Exams

October 6th, 2018

One of our Core Values at Meador Staffing is Having a heart for the community and its people. This is something that is seen every day internally in how our employees treat each other, as well as when we are working to engage and help our own communities. This is a part of who we are and have been for 50 years.

Go Pink Breast Cancer Awareness

We wanted to share two touching stories from our team on GO PINK DAY started by the Susan G Komen Organization to raise awareness for those who are furthering the efforts to find a cure for breast cancer and those who are affected by breast cancer and these organizations. The second is about MD Anderson in Houston.

From Linda Fields, our VP of Executive Search: MD Anderson Cancer Center and the importance of exams

“I am going to share my daughters story that she posted on her Facebook for awareness to others. It was posted in October 2017. She is my only daughter and my best friend. She was an employee of Meador for 19 years. Yesterday,(10/4/18) was her 1 year anniversary from breast cancer surgery.

She is such a trooper she went through 6 weeks of radiation. She left her house at 5:45am to make it to MDA by 7am and made it back to work by 8:15am. She never missed one day of work, never complained, never whined! She is just the Bomb!!!

We love, love, love MD Anderson.  We are so lucky to live in this city with such a great hospital.

Here is her story. I hope it helps others:

Tomorrow I start day one of radiation. I couldn’t decide how to begin this post. This year was a milestone birthday, the big 40. A lot of people overlook medical checkup milestones, I did…but, my mom didn’t. She made us mother-daughter mammograms, lol. I didn’t feel the need to go, you know, I had turned 40 a hot minute ago, didn’t feel any significant lumps and I have no breast cancer in my family, my gyno never felt anything odd and I go yearly, etc. I didn’t see the urgency, but I knew it was important to my mom, so I went. And there it was, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma aka Breast Cancer in my right breast, stage 1, size of a pea/peanut. After MANY tests, I underwent surgery early October, a lumpectomy and removed 6 lymph nodes. Pathology revealed they got all the cancer and that it hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes. Another test revealed its not genetic cancer, which will not be passed down, thank God, however, my girls will have to undergo early mammograms. My cancer wasn’t aggressive enough for Chemo, another blessing. However, I will have 6 weeks of radiation and 5 years at minimum of hormone blocker therapy, due to my cancer feeding off estrogen and progesterone.

I am in a good place now, been up and down, but we’re sitting good now. My family, James and all my doctors/nurses/techs at MD Anderson have been amazing. I have been tight lipped about my cancer, it was my personal decision, very few people knew. Now, I tell you my story to bring awareness to those who have the same mindset as I did, if you or anyone you know or love is 40 or over, please urge them to seek a mammogram, it can truly save a life. I’m not one to put my business on Facebook, however, I need you to know how important mammograms are for ALL women at that milestone age. I didn’t get it because I smoke, or wore the wrong bra or genetics, I JUST got cancer, no cause that they can nail down, it can happen to anyone, seriously.  Moral of the story…listen to your mom and check those boobs!!”

Learn more about Susan G Komen here

Learn more about MD Anderson here

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