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Somewhere in the world a woman dies every 69 seconds from breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women globally. About 1.4 million.

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1 Somewhere in the world a woman dies every 69 seconds from breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women globally. About 1.4 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide and about 465,000 will die from the disease. In particular, African-American women have the highest death rate from breast cancer. Having been on both sides of the table, as a physician rendering the diagnosis and as a patient receiving the diagnosis, the devastation of such news is life altering. Our children deserve to attend graduation with BOTH parents cheering them on, a mother deserves to see her daughter walk down the aisle at her wedding, and a grandchild shouldnt have the experience of calling out to Grammie taken away because the diagnosis of cancer stole a lifetime. The battle against breast cancer requires an army of dedicated individuals with a strong voice and even bigger hearts because everyone deserves a lifetime. Lesson Learned Susan G Komen 3 Day for the Cure Surviving Breast Cancer: Learning to Live while Making a Difference Sheri Y Phillips, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE S Phillips Consulting, President, CEO Take Home Message Since I was 2 years-old, Ive wanted to be a physician. I have been a practicing physician for 18 years. I exercised every day, ate right (for the most part!) and had no family history. I was the first. Now after a partial mastectomy, a lymph node dissection, 15 rounds of chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation, Im left with clinically disabling lymphedema of my right arm /hand and can no longer perform hands-on treatment of my patients. In the throws of chemo, I lost my mom to end-stage pulmonary fibrosis secondary to sarcoidosis. But Im alive and cancer-free for a reason. Im meant to be part of the solution. For years, I was seen as the invincible physician. Now as a patient-physician Im a stronger advocate for better health awareness and the need for a cure. My diagnoses/treatment have taken away one of my greatest fulfillments in life which was hands-on care of my patients. But after careful re- consideration of what I still have rather than what Ive lost, I have a brand new focus and mission in life. I will spend the remainder of my lifetime helping patients with this disease gracefully walk the bridge from pre- breast cancer life to life as a survivor. In particular, I will serve as a beckon of hope and strength to my fellow physician leaders to inspire them to be aggressive with their health and well-being so that they can continue to do the great work they were pre-destined to do. To this plight, I have joined forces with the Charles & Tatisa Joiner Foundation, which counsels breast cancer patients. Also, I participated in the Susan G Komen 3 Day for the Cure in 2010 and it was an amazing experience. I felt strong and hopeful after I made it through all of my treatment cancer-free. But I felt unstoppable, alive and with a renewed sense of purpose after my experience with The 3Day. The event reinforced that I dont want my two teenage daughters to live through what I did or even fear the possibility. As we, physician leaders, serve as facilitators of empowerment and motivation, we need to be mindful that we take care of ourselves in the process. Dont realize at the end of your life, that youve spent an entire lifetime merely existing. Instead, LIVE the life youve been blessed with and Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. The Charles and Tatisa Joiner Foundation was founded in 2008 by co-founders Tatisa Joiner, a breast cancer survivor and her husband, Charles Joiner. Its primary mission is to Inspire, Empower and Encourage survivors and to fill the gap by becoming a bridge between pre-breast cancer life and life as a survivor. The removal of a breast can sometimes cause a woman to question her worth. There are women who think that just because they lose their breast they are no longer attractive or beautiful; that they must get implants or reconstructive surgery in order to feel whole. The Charles and Tatisa Joiner Foundation delivers the message that the breast does not define a woman and the Foundation is designed to redefine beauty and to let every woman know that just because they lose their breast, they are not less of a woman. Their body is the shell that carries them through this life; it is their spirit that makes them who they are. On October 23, 2010 I was the 2 nd Diamond Award Recipient by the Charles & Tatisa Joiner Foundation. The Diamond Award is given to a breast cancer survivor who has gracefully walked the bridge from pre-breast cancer life and life as a survivor. The recipient has demonstrated life values consistent with the CTJ Foundation mission of inspiring, empowering and encouraging other survivors through this life changing process. The term diamond was chosen because diamonds are known as the King of Gems. It glitters and dazzles with its exquisite beauty and is considered the ultimate gemstone, having few weaknesses and many strengths. It is well known that a diamond is the hardest substance found in nature, and is considered a perfect "10". Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susans compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception in As the worlds largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, were working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. And as the newly appointed National Spokesperson for the Susan G Komen 3 Day for the Cure, my suffering, my fight and my victory can now help to change similar lives on a national scale. Please visit our website at for more information regarding how you can get involved. The life you save, could potentially be your own! DivaMD Cancer-Free: Taking My Life Back CTJ Foundation


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