Tabitha Arnett – 2019 Race Ambassador
Her Story: Tabitha was diagnosed with DCIS after a biopsy in February 2018. After discussing options with her physician and surgeons, she opted to have a double mastectomy instead of radiation. She was asked by a friend, another breast cancer survivor, to participate in the 2018 Race for the Cure in April, just a few days prior to her surgery. Following surgery, Tabitha returned to work after just 13 days. It was then she realized being open about her personal journey would influence the lives of many women.
Her journey became an opportunity for her to spread awareness for women with dense breast tissue. She stresses the importance of early detection and encourages women to talk to their doctors with questions and concerns. Even with what seemed like a quick journey for Tabitha, her journey is similar to those women with Stage 1 and 2 cancer, since her options and surgery were similar to those with advanced stages. She is a warrior, a survivor, and more importantly, a strong woman with a dedication to help others through open communication.
Takeaway Message: “The journey is the same for most of us—the journey is to survive. And to survive is to live.”
Connection with Komen: Tabitha has served as a member of the Grant Review Panel, helping to direct the funds raised by Komen supporters each year. She selflessly also educates others and dreams of a day when women will become more educated on dense breast tissue.