Suzette Brown – 2019 Race Ambassador
Her Story: Being no stranger to the work at Susan G. Komen, Suzette was completely blindsided with word of her diagnosis. Suzette only missed one mammogram and was in overall excellent health. In 2015, Suzette noticed a dimpling on her right breast that resulted in being diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 3 breast cancer and having lymph node involvement. Suzette started the first week of 2016 with her first of sixteen chemotherapy treatments and ended her 2016 year with 33 radiation sessions. Suzette chose to have a double mastectomy and eventually chose DIEP breast reconstruction in 2017.
Suzette can’t imagine this journey without the support and excellent care from her treatment team, family and friends. This year has served as an opportunity to gain closure and to finally get back what cancer viciously tried to take from her.
Takeaway Message: “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change the entire day.”
Connection with Komen: After years volunteering with Komen to promote early detection and awareness. Suzette never saw herself a victim of a breast cancer diagnosis. She openly shares the resources Komen offers to support women with mammograms and tools for early detection. She wants many other survivors, like herself to know that they are not alone and that there are people and resources to support them on their journey.