The Student News Site of Sacramento City College

The Express

The Student News Site of Sacramento City College

The Express

The Student News Site of Sacramento City College

The Express

To fight another day
Rev. Tammie Denyse, Gloria Moody, Denise Elarms and Victoria Henderson came to support and speak about breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness month inside the Cultural Awarness Center. Evan E. Duran | [email protected]
Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation Illustration by Vivian Liu | [email protected]

Every year 226,870 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States or worldwide, according to the American Cancer Foundation. There are also 2.9 million survivors in the U.S. but 39,510 deaths in 2012 so far. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S.

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it served to bring awareness to breast cancer with events at City College such as a speech by the Rev. Tammie Denyse , 46, a breast cancer survivor, and the American Cancer foundation’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Sacramento.

Denyse spoke to students about what her life was like when she had breast cancer at the Cultural Awareness Center on Oct. 16.

Denyse says she didn’t’ know how to tell her family about her illness—in fact, she didn’t want too talk to anyone about it when she had cancer.

Denyse didn’t know how to deal with it she says after she was diagnosed at 39, and her life changed in a blink of an eye.

When Denyse started her chemotherapy she says she felt like she was losing her mind. Deep down she says she felt crazy but it was the medication from the chemotherapy making her sick because it was working.

Denyse chose to have a mastectomy she says, but having lost her hair and breast doesn’t define her, her life does. She chose her life over her breast, Denyse says.

“Some women fear death and hair loss,” says Denyse who lost her hair and eyebrows. She learned how to draw her eyebrows on, make them look natural and bought herself new hair by way of wigs

Today Denyse says she is a voice for women who are uncomfortable talking about breast cancer.

“Don’t die while you’re alive,” says Denyse. “You can be dead when you’re dead.”
Naturopathic medicine developed a solution for cheap levitra low sexual desire. What are the treating alternatives viagra from india online for erectile dysfunction? Developing medical science has changed the scenario. This drug is effective in treating ED to a certain extent. viagra usa mastercard Of course, there’s rehab and other programs like Alcoholics Anonymous that walks people through a variety of settings in the various hospitals, clinics, levitra soft tabs private practices of medical health care, outpatient, home health agencies even in school, sporting competitions and fitness facilities.
As part of breast cancer awareness month, the city of Sacramento also hosted a variety of events intended to promote it.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk was held at the West Steps of the State Capitol and allowed those affected by breast cancer and its supporters to raise money on Oct. 21.

Emily Romero, 56, is fighting breast cancer and was at the walk with her husband, five kids and many other family members who came out to support her. They even made T-shirts that read, “Team Romero.”

Romero was diagnosed at age 38 with breast cancer. After being cleared of cancer, Romero’s cancer came back twice she says. Now her cancer’s also spread to her lungs and just recently doctors informed her it had also spread to her brain.

Her family supports the walk every year and prays that one-day, there will be a cure, she says.

After tiring of chemotherapy treatments, Romero says, “there were days [when] I didn’t even want to get out of bed.”

Denyse experienced something similar. She went experienced a deep depression and wanted to stop the chemotherapy treatment, but faith, friends and family got her through her hardest times, she says.

The event consisted of many different supporters of bringing awareness, and many of them will never be the same.

Darlene Nesbitt, 63, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 50. Nesbitt battled breast cancer for 10 year and says that it’s now a huge part of her life. Nesbitt says she found support in other cancer patients.

“There is no better feeling than to wake up each day knowing that I’ve lived to fight another day,” Nesbitt says.

Donate to The Express

Your donation will support the student journalists of Sacramento City College. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Express