On February 20, 2020, Alita Smith, General Manager of DLP Prosper Jackson, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Triple Positive.
February 11, 2020, Alita was showering and singing along to music, without a single care. She noticed a hard lump in her breast and immediately scheduled a doctor’s appointment, where she received two different mammograms and an ultrasound. “I could tell by the look on the technician’s face something was wrong.” Alita stated. It was then Alita discovered a cancerous mass that was not present during her last mammogram taken just one-year prior in April 2019.
She had a biopsy on February 17, 2020 and less than a week later she received news the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, developing stage two breast cancer. Alita underwent her first treatments, which entailed six rounds of chemotherapy, subjecting her to all the nausea and sickness that accompanies chemo.
Her hair began to thin and fall out, until Alita finally made the difficult decision to shave her head. Although devastated over the loss of her hair, Alita was grateful for her DLP coworkers, friends, and family that stood with every step of the way. Through the ups and downs, Alita is forever grateful for those who continue to remain by her side and help her through. Alita states, “sometimes cancer is more mental, than physical,” but the awesome support she receives keeps her strong. Currently Alita is undergoing chemotherapy treatment and radiation and later this month, Alita expects to be cancer free. Her final piece of advice for all those reading, “do not only rely on your yearly mammogram for early detection, be sure to do monthly self-examinations.”
Do not only rely on your yearly mammogram for early detection, be sure to do monthly self-examinations.Alita Smith
Statistics and Resources for the Email:
- In 2020, it is estimated 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancer.
- 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer, but instead are due to genetic mutations and aging.
- In 2020, about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the US alone, and 48,530 cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
Statistics sourced from https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics
Breast Cancer can affect anyone, but early detection and diagnosis is key use this link to find your local mammogram or diagnosis provider: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/patient-services
To learn more or find support for Breast Cancer visit these resources:
How Can You Help?
Every week throughout October, DLP is encouraging team members to fully support Breast Cancer Awareness by participating in “Jeans Day.” https://sites.google.com/dreamliveprosper.com/casual-wednesday-for-charity/home
When you donate, we’ll send you a pink ribbon pin. Take photos of yourself and your team members wearing your ribbon, along with your best pair of jeans (and a pink shirt if you have one) on Wednesdays. You can submit all photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together DLP can raise awareness, educate one another, and support survivors and those affected by breast cancer.