A Survivor’s Journey: A.J.’s Breast Cancer Battle
C.L. Services’ Employee Spotlight series seeks to highlight our incredible employees, offering an inside look into our company culture and the talented, amazing individuals who work here. This time, we’re chatting with A.J. Jordan, Account Manager in our South Atlanta headquarters.
As we all know, knowledge is power, so in recognition of breast cancer awareness month, we are doing things a bit different this October. A.J. was 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and has offered to share her experience and story with us this month. Here’s A.J.’s story – a survivor’s journey.
- 1. How did you feel when you first received the news?
I was a little numb. I already had the sinking feeling that it was cancer when I found it. I remember the doctor’s office calling and I just sat on my couch with my cat, I had to call my parents afterwards and tell them, which was very hard to do. My parents were very supportive, and I specifically remember my dad telling me “We are going to beat this Punkin.” I went through a whole genetic testing process, and given my DNA and history, it was a 1-in-100 chance for someone my age and health to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- 2.Tell us about your support network.
My parents and my best friend really helped me during my battle. It was hard to be positive for a while after I got the news, to the point of thinking I needed to seek professional help. I remember the final straw of getting through the depression part was being at dinner one night at a nice restaurant with my best friend and the waitress overheard us talking about my upcoming surgery. She told me she was sorry and took pity on me. I looked over and my best friend and said, “I am so tired of everyone telling me they are sorry.” I got angry, and she replied, “Let’s go back to the house, put on the sparring gloves and box the angry out.” It got me laughing so hard that it put me in a better frame of mind.
- 3. What message would you like to provide other women in the community?
There is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark it is. It’s also good to talk about it so you can help others. Always, always, always do your monthly exam and do your regular check-ups. It saved my life and can save yours.
- 4. What does breast cancer awareness month mean to you?
The month of October is a reflection of all the pain I endured, yet how I came out of it with my head held high. I am incredibly blessed to be alive. This was a humbling experience. I thank God each day that I am here in better health. I encourage all to get checked, not just this month, but always. Cancer knows no age or sex. Be Prosponsive® in your healthcare!
A.J.’s story is one of strength and resilience. She hopes that in sharing her story, she can help others during their battle. Thank you for sharing your story with us, A.J.! We are thankful for your health, too!!