As we move into October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Employment Enterprises, Inc. (EE, Inc.) will be making a donation to the INOVA Breast Cancer Center at Fair Oaks Hospital. This donation, totaling $1,849, represents $1.00 for every employee working with our company at this time.
I am a Breast Cancer Survivor and my journey was fast and furious. I was diagnosed with Stage III, Triple Negative Breast Cancer and within three weeks, on Oct 17 2012, I was receiving my first chemotherapy treatment. My experience of moving into treatment was like “drinking from a fire hose”. It was Breast Cancer Awareness Month with survivor celebrations happening all around me while I was learning quickly that my Breast Cancer was rare and deadly, affecting 15 to 20 percent of patients.
This gift is a thank you to my team at EE, Inc. who allowed me to step away gracefully for treatments while keeping our company growing and our customers happy. They covered for me when I had to stay in bed and super sanitized the office when I was in to keep me well since immune systems take a beating in chemo.
This donation is also to honor Dr. Kirsten Edmiston who has helped countless women, including myself, with Breast Cancer. Dr. Edmiston helped me every step of the way by finding the right team so that I could be a Survivor. I was able to stay at home and close to my business in Northern Virginia as I took my treatments. Our lives do not stop when we get sick but they do get more complicated. By having a team of Breast Cancer specialists located near you is a gift. Sadly, a gift too many women will need.
Today, Dr. Edmiston has stepped into a new leadership role to develop more resources and teams for women at the new INOVA Breast Cancer Center at Fair Oaks.
I’m still in my AC (after cancer) 5-year watch. It’s the most vulnerable re-occurrence timeframe. Each year, (after a successful Doctor’s appointment), brings less stress. I’ve learned to be joyful and accept each day as a gift.
May our gift allow a few more resources for all patients until we finally find a CURE!
Click below to learn about our partnership with the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund Program
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