Survivor Stories 2014:
Dorna Marram


1. How did you first find out you had cancer?

I found a lump in my right breast while taking a shower and made an appointment with a surgeon. After having a biopsy, I was given the diagnosis.

2. How did you react when you heard the news?

I was very nervous because I had a small child at the time and was afraid I was not going to be able to watch him grow up.

3. What course of treatment were you prescribed?

I had a double-mastectomy followed by immediate reconstruction.

4. What most surprised you about your treatment?

Since I found the lump so early, I didn’t require any radiation or chemotherapy.

5. What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?

Be positive and stay strong.

6. How long have you been cancer free?

Nineteen years.

7. What lessons did you learn from the experience?

That you can’t take life for granted, enjoy every moment and thank whoever you may worship for each day that you are given.

8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?

We should all love and support one another no matter what our differences may be.


Dorna Marram works as an operating room charge nurse in Las Vegas, NV. On October 2nd, she performed in Dancing with the Survivors in West Palm Beach, FL, a fundraising gala held in 20 cities nationwide. Dancing with the Survivors features breast cancer survivors paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios for an evening of music, cocktails, food and ballroom dance. All proceeds benefit The Pink Fund, a national organization that provides individuals in active treatment for breast cancer with up to 90 days of financial assistance to cover non-medical expenses, such as health insurance premiums, housing, transportation and utilities.