Survivor Stories 2014:
1. How did you first find out you had cancer?
I self detected a small module underneath my right arm pit and requested a mammogram .
2. How did you react when you heard the news?
I was shocked. I couldn’t believe I had cancer, but I did.
3. What course of treatment were you prescribed?
Initially I received a lumpectomy with radiation, then after being cancer free for about 5 yrs. I was re-diagnosed with invasive cancer to my right breast and I had to receive chemotherapy.
I received 2 lumpectomies, then I had to get a mastectomy with lump node removal after a cancer reoccurrance. I went on to have a left breast mastectomy with lymph node removal, breast reconstruction on both breasts, and additional radiation after bone cancer diagnosis.
4. What most surprised you about your treatment?
The radiation surprised me when my skin darkened and actually peeled off. I was surprised by the rejuvenated skin, so that was an experience. The chemotherapy no-one can prepare you for that!!!! I was horribly nauseous and weak; just sick. I just endured. I ended up getting a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. I’ve received chemotherapy and radiation more than once. After my first rounds, I questioned myself why did I go through that just to have cancer return?
5. What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
My advice to a newly diagnosed cancer patient is try to remain calm because cancer doesn’t mean death. Get all the information up can from your doctor and do your own research about treatment and therapies available for you and choose what fits you.
6. How long have you been cancer free?
I have been battling cancer since I was 23. I just turned 42, September 7, 2014. So, it’s like cancer keeps wanting to fight with me!!! In 2009, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to my bones so I’m still fighting cancer.
7. What lessons did you learn from the experience?
I have learned that I still want to get married, I still want to see the world, I still want the degree I never got, I still am a Woman with all my scars and medical history.
I learned God has always been with me.
I learned to just Love people and live while I’m breathing.
8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
You’re Good Enough for all the Blessings in your life; just receive them and let God be your guide.
I am LaTonya Jones a 19 yr. breast cancer survivor. I currently battle metastatic breast cancer that has affected my bones. I have been battling bone cancer since 2009. I am a Daughter, Sister, Aunt, and Friend. I love history, researching ancestry, reading, movies, good food, travel, fashion and spending time with my family.
I previously worked in a corporate environment for a leading communications company.
It is my desire to hopefully, get back to work eventually. Until then I lend my help, advice, and encouragement to others who battle cancer or sickness. In 2012 I was a fashion model as a breast cancer survivor at the “I Bleed Pink Gala”, a non-profit group that supported breast cancer awareness. In 2013 I along with 9 other cancer survivors were honored as cancer survivors by the Empowered Life Cancer Network, a non-profit group that supports cancer awareness. This year, 2014, I plan on giving to breast cancer charities and participating in cancer health rallies.
Until then I’m going to keep surviving and trusting in God.