Photography by:
DanetteKay Photography & Design

Shannon’s Story:

I was diagnosed in May 2005 at age 38. That was 3 years ago. In that time, I’ve had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, a recurrence, a double mastectomy and major reconstructive surgery. I had a metastasis to my lung removed in 2007 and underwent a second round of chemotherapy. In January 2008 I had a sudden cardiac arrest caused by toxicity from chemotherapy medications. Ironically, when that event occurred, I was performing a comedy act about my cancer experience before a survivorship conference at a local hospital. I took survivor to a whole new level. I had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted and am doing very well.

What holds me together each time I hit a roadblock is my husband who has stuck by me through every step of this journey with more love than I ever dreamed I could receive from him. Also my two kids, a girl age 9 and boy age 13. Sometimes they are so grown up without being asked and they are little caregivers. I’m so proud of their strength each time they have to see me through a surgery or treatment. As tough as this road has been, I continue to fight and have hope.