Linda Buzbee, an administrative assistant for marketing and communications at Pierce College Puyallup, knows exactly how breast cancer can affect so many.
Buzbee was diagnosed on July 7, 2009. She was shocked at the diagnosis. She was doing everything right, being healthy and exercising, but the disease does not discriminate.
Buzbee, her mother and younger sister were all diagnosed within six months of each other. They were able to stay positive and survive the disease through their mutual support and shared experiences.
Buzbee also could not have done it without the support of her work family at Pierce College. She said that they were an integral part of helping her survive the roughest parts of her battle with breast cancer. Although as of last week she is still cancer free, Buzbee considers herself in recovery. Going through radiation and doctor’s appointments took a toll on her body, mind and family.
“It has taken this long just to get back to being myself,” Buzbee said. “Even though I will never be who I used to be, I’m getting close.”
Her advice is to get examined on a regular basis by a doctor or learn to do self-exams at home. Also, she urges others to be aware that cancer doesn’t always show as a lump. She hopes that people will never take being healthy for granted. Support groups and Oncology psychiatrists and are available to support those experiencing this disease.
Breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands every year. In 2013, 210,000 women and 2,000 men were diagnosed.
This year, the Office of Student Life leaders wanted to show their support by creating a breast cancer walk. About 35 people participated and they said the experience was moving.
Nick Holzer’s family has a history of breast cancer. Two of his mother’s cousins were diagnosed, but only one survived the disease. Holzer had worried that his mother may also be at-risk for the disease, but his fears subsided after his mother received negative results at her breast cancer screening earlier this year.
Ashlyn Doltar’s aunt Loraine died from breast cancer when it was not detected on time, while her aunt Judy survived it. Doltar said that it is always a thought in the back of her mind that she might get it.
While breast cancer is a scary disease and affects so many, it is inspiring that the people who have risen above the diagnosis are stronger because of it.
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