The Gaston Colleges Student Government Association wants to remind the community to â€œthink pinkâ€ this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the association sponsored a breast cancer awareness event that included information booths and two guest speakers. Annette Beam, a breast cancer survivor and Gaston College Childcare Center employee, was one of the speakers.
Diagnosed a year ago with cancer in her left breast, Beam already had been having annual mammograms because she was at-risk for breast cancer, as her aunt died from the disease.
After months of â€œthe mean chemotherapyâ€ (extra strength), surgeries — including a mastectomy — and breast reconstruction, another lump was found, this time in her right breast.
Because she already had had breast cancer and this lump was found to be â€œinconclusive,â€ the decision was made to remove the right breast as well.
Today, with only one surgery remaining for her second breast reconstruction — her ninth surgery since her cancer ordeal began —, Beam is happy, healthy, without her wig, â€œHenrietta,â€ and tending to her â€œbabiesâ€ at the Childcare Center.
â€œMy babies are my healing,â€ she said. During this month, and throughout the year, Beam encourages all women to get a buddy for annual mammograms and to do in-home, self-breast exams.
For more information about breast cancer, visit www.cancer.org..