Angela Jamison: The Face of a Monthly Sustainer

Angela Jamison: The Face of a Monthly Sustainer 

I don’t want breast cancer to be a concern to my daughter during her lifetime.

Jamison Angela and Camryn 2I know it was the same wish my mom had when she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in 1992 at the age of 50. She never got to meet her granddaughter because she died at the age of 52 from the aggressive disease.

In a letter she left me that I found after she died, my mom wrote, “Take care of yourself. Watch for cancer, it crushes me to think I’ve left you this gene!”

Born in 2000, my daughter was only eight years old when I was diagnosed with triple negative inflammatory breast cancer, the same kind my mom had. I was tested for the breast cancer gene, but didn’t have it. They say IBC isn’t inherited. My hope is that research dollars contributed by Komen will prove this to be true and lead to other new discoveries.

Benefitting from new ways to treat aggressive forms of breast cancer, today I am a survivor with no evidence of disease. I beat the odds–60 to 70 percent of all women with IBC do not live five years beyond their diagnosis. My husband and daughter were by my side during my cancer journey, along with friends and extended family who helped me get healthy again.

If every breast cancer survivor were a Komen monthly giver, we’d be closer to living in a world without breast cancer and one where a mom’s heart isn’t broken because her daughter was diagnosed with the same disease she had. So please join me today in making a monthly gift to Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast.

Angela Jamison
Wake Forest, NC
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