DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - It is a reunion!
The women featured in, Celebrating Survivors, last year on 2 NEWS during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, got back together one year later.
Only Robbin Jones has experienced a cancer recurrence. When we spoke with her last October, she had been cancer free for 14 years. A few months ago, she felt some that didn't feel right, something that didn't show up in her mammogram.
Further testing proved it was cancer. Robbin found her cancer the first time around as well. She encourages women to never skip their self-breast exams and regular screenings in a doctor's office. She caught the disease early again. She underwent a mastectomy and has two more sessions of chemotherapy.
Robbin, like the other women, said sharing her story is important to her and doesn't want women to feel they need to keep it a secret. "Because there might be somebody out there who really needs to hear it," she said.
Her sister, Penny Myers, encourages women to stay positive. "This is not a death sentence," she said. She advised women trust their instincts and not be afraid to change doctors if they don't feel comfortable.
Fran Hoover said breast cancer isn't something that is always on her mind. "I don't wake up every day thinking about it, but it sort of seeps into my brain when I least expect it," she said. "It's not who I am, but it's definitely a part of my life now."
And, Lititia Lee, a two-time breast cancer survivor, says she believes women need to talk about the disease as well. She said since appearing on 2 NEWS last year, a lot of women reached out to hear to share their story.
All of the women said the most important thing is to never give up or lose hold of hope.
"You have faith, hope and you just keep going," said Robbin.
One woman was unable to meet in person for the reunion. Terri da Silva, 38, has moved from Ohio to Connecticut over the past year. She is married, has a daughter in preschool and is battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She has a blog called Graceful Woman Warrior where she describes just how difficult it is to balance all those roles with a cancer diagnosis.
Just a short time ago, Terri's scans showed more cancer. "Luckily, it's not in my bones again, it's not in my organs, it hasn't spread, it's in the lymph node area," she said.
As for medical treatments, Terri's turned to a more natural and holistic approach to battling her breast cancer. She said it feels right to her. She encouraged other women to honor their instincts as well, and seek support.
Above all else she said it's important to hold on to hope, "Don't give up. don't give up the fight. no matter what it is you're dealing with, having a sense that you can overcome it can make all the difference."
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