At the age of 24, doctors removed a benign tumor from my breast. My mother's sister died a few years later of breast cancer. My sister was diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer at the age of 29 and she fought valiantly but lost her battle with this disease at the age of 31. Due to continued issues with tumors in my breast, I underwent many years of mammograms, ultra sounds and breast MRIs. On January 3, 2014, I received a phone call from my doctor who gave me the results of an MRI and ultrasound that I had undergone, and the results where that I had early-stage breast cancer. Hearing the word cancer was frightening to me. After speaking with my doctor, I cried, prayed and called a friend who prayed with me. I went to visit with my doctor to discuss my options (lumpectomy, mastectomy of the 1 breast or double mastectomy). After hearing the options and although the cancer was in only one breast, I decided to have a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. That decision was mostly made because of my medical and family history and I did not want to take a chance that cancer might later be discovered in the other breast. I am now a five-year survivor and I celebrate that. I also celebrate women everywhere who are survivors and hope that through continued financial contributions, research and treatment, there will one day be a cure. I also celebrate with my wonderful friends (also breast cancer survivors) Linda Williams, Michelle Morgan and Allyson Herndon. We grew up in the same neighborhood, we were diagnosed with breast cancer and WE ARE SURVIVORS. Also, I remember and celebrate the life of my mother (Rubye Mitchell) who after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, passed in August, 2015.