Kerry Jones believes her battle with breast cancer made her a better person.
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.