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Breast cancer survivor says battle made her better person

12 WOMEN WINNING THE FIGHT • BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH SERIES

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 12:14 AM
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:46 PM
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Kerry Jones believes her battle with breast cancer made her a better person.

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Kerry Jones found a benign lump on her breast in 2005. Five years later, a biopsy confirmed cancer and resulted in a mastectomy.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Kerry Jones found a benign lump on her breast in 2005. Five years later, a biopsy confirmed cancer and resulted in a mastectomy.

Her ordeal started in 2005 with a lumpectomy that turned out to be benign.

She thought it was a one-time thing, but in 2010, a biopsy confirmed cancer. She was given the option of having a mastectomy or undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.

“I chose to take it off,” she said.

Her family was with her every step of the way.

Her husband, Steven, cleaned her syringes while her mother, Irene Shore, stayed with her every day after she came home from the hospital. Through it all, Jones maintained a positive outlook on life.

“I decided there was nothing they could tell me that would change my fight that I was about to undergo,” she said. “I knew I had to go on. I still had everyday things to deal with.”

She designed a T-shirt that she gave out to friends and family and had a breast cancer ribbon tattooed on the back of her neck.

Now she lends support to others who are undergoing their own battle with breast cancer. She shares her story with those who have been recently diagnosed, and has cooked for some who have had surgery.

“I think it changes your heart, too,” she said.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Seminar – Options for Breast Reconstruction: 7 p.m.; The Lydia Project; 1369 Interstate Parkway, Augusta; Dr. Troy Austin, board-certified plastic surgeon; free seminar; (706) 434-8683.

OCT. 19

Mammograms: Georgia Regents Medical Center, 1120 15th St., first floor, Breast Health Center; women can schedule a routine mammogram for any Saturday in October between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by calling (706) 721-XRAY (9729); www.grhealth.org/breasthealth

Miracle Mile Walk: 8 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. walk begins; Augusta Common; all net proceeds will go to provide mammograms to underserved women in our community; www.themiraclemilewalk.org

ABOUT KERRY JONES

AGE: 48

HOMETOWN: Evans

FAMILY: Husband, Steven Jones; mother, Irene Shore

OCCUPATION: Insurance coordinator for Baker Family Dentistry

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: June 2010 – mastectomy, Tamoxifen for five years

HER ADVICE: “There is nothing to be ashamed or scared of. The more you talk to people, the more people you have praying for you. You’d be surprised by how many people you can help by sharing your story.”


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