How did you first find out you had cancer?
I had a mammogram. Before I found out I had cancer, I didn’t even know how I was going to get screened. I had a client at the nail salon where I work who volunteered at the Komen South Florida Affiliate, and she referred me to the organization. There were people at the affiliate who could help me with local resources.
How did you react when you heard the news?
I was shocked. I was only 32! Plus, I am a single mother.
What course of treatment were you prescribed?
I received chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, and radiation at Bethesda Women’s Health Center.
What most surprised you about your treatment?
I was so surprised at the amount of support I received in my community during my treatment. Everyone helped me, from my co-workers, to my clients, to my new friends at the Komen South Florida Affiliate.
What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
There are resources, from support groups to education referrals. Contact anybody who can be a potential resource. A lot of people don’t know what’s out there.
How long have you been cancer free?
I was diagnosed two years ago, and I now have a clean bill of health.
What lessons did you learn from the experience?
As a survivor, I feel responsible to help others by sharing my story. There are a lot of uninsured women who don’t know what local resources are available. I want to show others, especially women who are under insured uninsured, or from underrepresented communities, that there are options.
If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
Find a way to push through, using your faith, your family, or your community. Don’t forget what makes you “tick” and never give up hope.
Marion Pollock is a mother of two from Boynton Beach, Florida. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 and is now cancer-free. She collaborates with the Komen South Florida Affiliate on spreading the word about local screening and education services.
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