Words of Wisdom From Breast Cancer Survivors

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Surviving breast cancer is worth celebrating! So why not celebrate it with others?

Porsche Montgomery, a wardrobe stylist, gave a brief fashion segment, at the Breast Cancer Survivors Tea held at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, on this season’s trends and how to pair them with a variety of clothing pieces.

In addition to enjoying tea and pastries, survivors shared words of inspiration and wisdom they have gained while walking through breast cancer.

WISDOM FROM SURVIVORS

Elaine Ray:

As I look back over my journey to this point, I feel a profound sense of gratitude for the prayers, thoughts, and encouragement through which my husband, other family members and friends have sustained me.

“Explore."

Besides my personal circle of support, I am thankful for the many women who have gone before me…

Who, along with their doctors and researchers, have made possible numerous advances in the treatment of breast cancer.

As I have told others, if you have to get cancer, breast cancer is the way to go.”

Peggy Slattery:

My journey through breast surgery and radiation was a lonely and fearful time, which is why I feel strongly about being there to hold others’ hands answer some of their questions.

To laugh with them with tears in their eyes, to enjoy the comfort of a hug, but most of all to offer a breast cancer friend to help her along in her journey.

Gigi Steele:

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2008, and last year I became certified to be a Reach to Recovery Volunteer. I feel we are all very lucky to have such an outstanding group of professionals to guide us on this journey.

And best of all we are survivors!

Kathy Johnson:

During my journey of choosing wig and mastectomy products, I learned a lot about what women need and want. This experience led to a shared vision with a co-worker, Jennifer, who also had a passion for helping those battling cancer.

Our vision led to a recovery boutique called, Survivor Gals that provides women recovering from cancer with the specialty products they need in an environment that allows their friends and family to participate.

Most importantly, Survivor Gals allows these women to feel special and pampered. I’m also a Reach to Recovery Volunteer at Baylor Plano.

Debbie Stallings:

“The day of my diagnosis was the day I became a survivor. I knew that day I wanted to help others through their journey. During my recovery from surgeries and doctor appointments, I launched my website www.PinkRibbonJourneyBags.com.

I have been blessed to have met so many wonderful breast cancer survivors throughout my journey, and they are now my survivor sisters. I just celebrated my four-year survivorship day October 17th.”

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Kayci Prince
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Kayci is the marketing and PR manager at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. She's a native Texan, an SMU alum, loves running, volunteering and spending time with her family.

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Words of Wisdom From Breast Cancer Survivors