Survivor Story: Pam Brown

Hi, my name is Pamela Brown and I’m from Des Moines, Iowa. I’m married with three children, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and two more on the way. I am so blessed!

I am a two year Breast Cancer survivor! I was fortunate to be diagnosed in the very early stage due to early detection on my annual mammogram.  I got involved in “The Race for The Cure” in 2008 along with my daughter and granddaughters. We participated every year. It was so emotional for all of us to walk for others and now it is personal!

My life changed on February 21, 2012! My annual mammogram showed something. I had a biopsy on February 23rd and it was confirmed….I had Breast Cancer in my left breast. My first thought was “how do I tell my kids?” then it was “what do I do now?” Six days later my surgeon told me my choices. After talking to my family, and lots of prayers, I had surgery a week later. I knew I had made the right choice for me. Life had gone by so fast from the day I found out that it doesn’t seem like I even had cancer. Even though it was a long recovery, I feel I had been spared so much.

I never questioned “why me, why did I get this dreadful disease”.  My question was “why was I spared”. I had lost two siblings to cancer so it was a legitimate question. I came to the conclusion that God has a greater purpose for me and I will pay it forward!

I have always stressed getting annual checkups, mammograms and self-exams, but they DO save lives! I thank God, my great support from family, friends, the Susan G. Komen organization, and my doctors and nurses for the knowledge and support they give.

My battle is over for now, but the war isn’t. Please join the fight! Together we can do great things. We are all in this together.

See you at the Race!

-Pam Brown

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