Survivor Stories 2015:
1. How did you first find out you had cancer?
I received a call from my doctor on April 27, 2015, 6:25 p.m. She informed me I had breast cancer following a biopsy from the previous week.
2. How did you react when you heard the news?
I was in shock, fortunately my parents were in town to immediately comfort me. I had to contain my emotions, fifteen minutes following the news, I had to jump on a business call to discuss crisis communications for the Baltimore unrest that had just taken place earlier in the day. Following the business call, my parents and I went into my meditation room and prayed.
3. What course of treatment were you prescribed?
I was told by two different surgeons that a lumpectomy followed by radiation was the suggested course of treatment.
4. What most surprised you about your treatment?
The emotional rollercoaster you go through with radiation.
5. What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
Stay positive, surround yourself with positive family and friends, be active and engaged in your treatment. Remain strong in your faith! It’s not the end of the world but allow yourself to feel the different emotions and know that its ok.
6. How long have you been cancer free?
7. What lessons did you learn from the experience?
I’m mentally much stronger than I thought. Its ok to let people help you.
8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
Life is a blessing –don’t take for granted the simple things in life that bring you joy.
Valencia McClure is the director of Communications/Corporate Relations for BGE, an Exelon Company, responsible for media relations, employee communications and corporate relations functions for the company’s more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland.
McClure is actively involved in civic and charitable organizations. She currently serves as president of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Baltimore Chapter. She serves on the board of directors for Bowie State University and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and an advisory board member for Southern Methodist University’s Corporate Communications & Public Affairs committee. She is also an active volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Philadelphia. She was the recipient of the 2003 Urban League Guild of Dallas 21st Century Most Promising Leader and the 2002 recipient for the Outstanding African American Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington. She previously served on the board of Directors for the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Dallas Children’s Theater and several other non-profit organizations.