A number of breast cancer fighters shared their stories during a breast-health symposium at the News-Journal Center on Saturday.
Sponsored by Halifax Health & Radiology Associates of Daytona Beach, the half-day breast-health symposium offered a platform for patients to share their experience, and local doctors and experts to discuss breast-cancer issues.
Lisa Masters, who was diagnosed with breast cancer around six years back, said, “I can't control the cancer, but I can control what I do with it.”
Lisa said optimism and positive attitude played a crucial role in fighting breast cancer. She said that she organized a head-shaving party and dressed herself as if she was going to dinner party when she went for a treatment, with the main objective of not letting the disease to dominate her life.
She bravely added that she underwent several surgeries and battled infection numerous times during reconstruction after a bilateral mastectomy.
During Saturday's event, which marked the opening of Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, local leaders Dr. Karen Toppi and Margaret Smith received awards for their contributions in fighting against breast cancer.