- Breast Cancer Awareness
Survivor stresses importance of early detection
“It’s never going to happen to me.”
The mindset about breast cancer is one that Joplin resident Shanti Navarre said she’d had until her diagnosis in January of this year.
A different outlook: Cancer treatment entering final phase for Joplin woman
With about two weeks remaining in her radiation treatments, Sandra Friend has her fingers crossed that it will be smooth sailing.
Should mammograms begin at 40?
New breast cancer research has revealed a significant death rate among women younger than 50 who do not get regular mammograms.
Groups provide support, hope
Area foundations and organizations are working to educate people about breast cancer and the importance of screenings, and to get treatment and other help for those who have been diagnosed.
Breast Cancer Awareness Calendar
JOPLIN: Muffins and Mammograms, 8 a.m. to noon, Women’s Pavilion at Freeman Women’s Center, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call to schedule an appointment. Details: 417-347-7777.
Women reach out
When Shirley Frerer called Tisha Lolley for first time, she said it was just to reach out and offer her support.
“I didn’t know her, but I wanted to tell her that I cared and I was there for her,” said Frerer.
Caregiver launches Project Pink Flamingo
Sheryl Gorman knows how difficult life becomes once a loved one has been diagnosed with a deadly disease. She also understands the hardships families must endure — ranging from emotional to financial support.
Carthage woman fights 20-year cancer battle; now her daughter diagnosed with disease
The lump isn’t what started it. Kathi Jones has been waging a war with cancer most of her adult life.
She was 25 when her grandmother died of cancer and 28 when her Aunt Mary lost a battle to breast cancer.
Woman was thought to be too young to have cancer, she says
Shannon Sumner felt a lump in her breast.
It was April 2009 when she noticed it and called for an appointment with her gynecologist. But it was September before she could get in.
When she did, the doctor told her it was a fatty tumor. After all, at age 33, it was unlikely it would be cancer. But the tumor persisted.
Burkybile dies of breast cancer, but leaves legacy for others
One of Joplin’s most vocal supporters of breast cancer awareness, Sarah Burkybile, died of the disease Aug. 30 after a five-year battle. She had served as president of the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, through which she had launched a survivor-run support group.
- Survivor stresses importance of early detection