This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The NeuroMedical Center is doing its part to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and palliative treatment of this disease. We also would like to take a moment to recognize the strong women (and men) battling this disease, praise resilient survivors everywhere, and honor those who are no longer with us.
Rhonda Allen – NMC Clinic Imaging Clerk
At 25 years old, Rhonda was originally told she had Stage 3b breast cancer with 6 months to live. Talk about shock! Rhonda was in her TWENTIES, with small children, & NO family history of breast cancer. After 17 chemo rounds (once ‘coding out’), 5 radiation treatments, and 7 major surgeries, Rhonda can really say she went to war with breast cancer and WON! Today, she’s thriving as a wife, mother of 3, talented singer, and breast cancer advocate. Rhonda is frequently called on to share her survival story with young women who receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their 20s.
Darlene Rayburn – NMC Clinic Data Processing Supervisor
With a mom who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 42, Darlene knew there was a very strong chance that she will go on to develop breast cancer, too. In 2014, Darlene found out that she was going to be a grandma -and- that she had Stage 1 breast cancer. Darlene says thanks to regular checkups with her specialist, her cancer was detected in the very early stages and was effectively treated. Darlene has spent her cancer-free life fundraising for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and local organizations that help breast cancer victims in the Greater Baton Rouge area. She’s loving life as a wife, mom, and grandma to not one, but TWO, beautiful grandchildren!
Paige Naylor – Spine Hospital Surgery Scheduler
Paige had a family history of breast cancer (aunt) and chose to start annual breast cancer screenings with mammograms well before the recommended age of 40. After she alerted her doctors to a suspicious growth, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer at the age of 38. Paige underwent one successful round of radiation and has been cancer-free since 2014! She continues to cherish her times as a soccer mom as her 17 year old SENIOR at St. Amant sets her sights on college.
Natasha Shavers – NMC Clinic Medical Records Clerk
The experts say about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. At age 29 and one month after her WEDDING DAY, that statistic became a reality for Natasha. After a self-check exam, Natasha noticed a lump in her breasts. After meeting with her doctor, Natasha learned that it was Stage 2 breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. After chemo, radiation, and a full mastectomy, Natasha is thrilled to say she is cancer-free today! She was told that after everything her body went through, there was a “slim-to-none” chance that Natasha could have another child. As you can see, there’s a baby on the way! Baby Nevayah is due NEXT MONTH!