The 16th annual Vermont Cancer Center breast cancer awareness conference was held today. Survivors, patients, doctors - and supporters all came together.
We see the pink ribbon and automatically think breast cancer. That in itself shows we've come a long way raising awareness.
"It’s still cancer but it's now becoming a treatable disease," Kimberly Luebbers said, of the Vermont Cancer Center.
The number of survivors is on the rise - and early detection can mean all the difference.
"You’re too young to have cancer is what I was told," Erica Zimmer said. At just 34 Zimmer was doing her monthly self breast exam and found a lump. "This felt like somebody implanted, a smooth, round river stone under my skin." "It was that hard?" "It was that hard and it had very clear ridges," she said.
After surgery, chemo therapy and radiation Zimmer is a year out - and doing well!
"If I hadn't found it, I would have been dead in less than a year, that’s how aggressive it was."
Kathleen McBeth is also one year out from her breast cancer diagnosis."I’m the poster child for early detection," she said!
It was her annual mammogram that revealed the life-changing news. So it's events like the breast cancer awareness conference that unite those with similar stories - and to remind us of the support, resources, technology and hope that's available.
And as you may know – FOX44/ABC 22 has partnered with the American Cancer Society - this Sunday is the Making Strides Against Breast cancer Walk in Rutland county. Registration starts at one - at Castleton College - it's a four mile walk. We look forward to making strides together!