Pink Alliance Board of Directors
[from left to right - front row, Kay McWhorter, Jeannie Kipp, Cheryl Pederson, Patricia Gerling; back row, Carolyn Oatman, Janie McDougal, Doris Light, Sally Dee Wade, Reba Ragsdale]
Doris Light, President
I received the dreaded ‘You have cancer’ call on April 3, 2006, and began the fight for my life on that day. With the prayers and support of my family and friends, I endured a lumpectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy, and 32 radiation treatments. It’s now clear to me that I’m not the person that I was before diagnosis – I’m better! Today I enjoy providing loving support, helpful advice, and a bit of laughter to other women as they fight their battle against breast cancer. It is my sincere hope that I can encourage and uplift those who now travel the road that I once did, and I can be a flashlight into their fearless darkness. Along with the other board members of the Pink Alliance, I aim to make their way easier with the knowledge that they are not alone in their journey.
Reba Ragsdale, Treasurer
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, I, naturally, thought I was going to die. After overcoming the shock of knowing that I had cancer, I realized that there was a new beginning ahead for me, a new hope bringing a new perspective on life. Through God’s grace, I survived Stage III breast cancer, and I want to make a positive difference in other women’s lives as they experience their journey with breast cancer.
Janie McDougal, Secretary
It was not really a huge surprise when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Both my mother and my sister were already breast cancer survivors, and I knew I was a likely candidate for it sometime in the future. Although filled with certain fear and dread as I faced a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy in May 2001, I was comforted by the strength and faith that my mother and sister demonstrated as they underwent treatment and became strong and healthy survivors. Through the prayer and support of my family and friends, the surgery and chemotherapy went well, and I became a very grateful survivor. It is my desire through Pink Alliance to provide compassion, encouragement and helpful information to the women in our community as they receive diagnoses for breast cancer and then move forward through treatment with hope and anticipation to the time that they, too, will be happy and healthy survivors!
Patricia Gerling, Past President and Director
At the age of 44, four words changed my life on October 1, 2002... "You have breast cancer." After dealing with the shock and irony of being diagnosed on the first day of breast cancer awareness month, I found strength to accept the journey in the solitude of my parish's chapel. My mother had faced a similar challenge over 10 years earlier and won the fight, so I was set to join her and other friends in survivorship. I had a bilateral mastectomy and six chemotherapy treatments, and vowed to use my breast cancer journey to help others. Today, I am a breast cancer survivor and... Life is Good!"
Jeannie Kipp, Director
Kay McWhorter, Director
There is no breast cancer in my family but in June, 2000, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I learned a new language!! I had received a mammogram 6 months before, but mine was found by looking in the mirror. I had Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma. The tumor was 4 1/2 cm. I chose to have a bilateral mastectomy because of the type of breast cancer that I had. They found that I also had lymph node involvement. I had 8 chemo treatments and 5 weeks of radiation treatments. My husband, Mike, and I decided from the beginning to look for positive things in this journey. Even with the fear of this journey, the unknown, we did have some great laughs! I want to encourage everyone to get your mammograms and don't be shy about drying off in front of a mirror after bathing. My mirror might have saved my life!
Carolyn Oatman, Director
Sally Dee Wade, Director
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2010. No lumps, no bumps, annual mammograms, but I had malignant calcification. After a partial mastectomy, I had six months of chemotherapy, followed by six weeks of daily radiation. The greatest learning we do is through times of trial and suffering, and cancer was an amazing learning experience. In a situation that I could not change, I leaned on my faith and saw that everything I needed was provided: superb medical care from physicians who anticipated every need, supportive family and friends who showered me with encouragement, and peace that knitted everything together. Cancer was not fun; it was not easy, but it provided an opportunity for me to reach out to others in my life who face the same disease. In many ways it was a blessing.