Though breast cancer is certainly a frightening diagnosis, there are inspiring cancer stories of survival. At the Pink Plumber, we applaud those cancer warriors and survivors, such as the following individuals, who have participated in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. They share with us their stories of courage and hope.
As a registered nurse and family member of breast cancer patients, Lisa Pugsley had always done her best to support the cause. The issue became especially personal for her in January 2013 when she received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Only 40 at the time, the mother of a young son rallied all of her strength to fight the disease, including participating in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. After consulting with her doctors, Lisa decided on an aggressive treatment plan that included a mastectomy and total hysterectomy. So inspired did Lisa become by participating in the walk that she also signed up for this year’s walk, which takes place October 15-16, 2016.
Even though Julia Arce lived a healthy life that included exercise and eating well, she was shocked at the diagnosis of breast cancer in October 2012 after a routine mammogram. Forty-three-years-old at the time and the mother of two young daughters, Julia got a lumpectomy and underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy. At about the same time, she also began volunteering at her church with the children’s liturgy. There she met Julie Cummings and Lynne Ungolo, who told her about the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. She decided to participate in 2015 and raised $3,250.00 for the cause doing so. Today Julia is cancer-free and plans on participating in this year’s walk.
Lynda Cordle’s history with breast cancer dates back to 2003, when her twin sister, Lisa, was diagnosed with stage 2.5 breast cancer. After undergoing a lumpectomy, radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer went into remission and the sisters rejoiced. In 2005, however, their mother suffered a stroke. Lisa ended up becoming her mother’s caretaker, which proved especially stressful. That task may have initiated the return of her breast cancer, which ended up being much more aggressive the second time around. Despite treatment, Lisa died October 2008. After that occurred, Lynda decided that the chance of also getting breast cancer as an identical twin were high, so she insisted on follow-up tests that did find very early stages of breast cancer. She opted for a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, nearly eliminating her odds of getting breast cancer.
At the Pink Plumber, we hope you are as encouraged as us by these inspiring breast cancer stories. When you hire Pink Plumber, a portion of every job goes to our fight against Breast Cancer. For service and answers to your plumbing questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.