Her Story: San Antonio's Jayne Appel

Jayne Appel of the San Antonio Silver Stars shares her story
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The WNBA is dedicated to raising funds and awareness of breast cancer during the week of August 3rd to August 10th. Throughout the week, players around the league will share stories of how the disease has affected them and those closest to them in a feature known as "Her Story."

A few years ago my mother received a call from my grandmother to break the news that she had breast cancer. Since she lives out in Virginia I don't get to see her that often, but we do keep in touch with e-mail and Facebook messages. I didn't want to overwhelm her much during the process of her treatment and recovery, but she knew we were behind her 100 percent. We received routine updates from my mother up until the point she won her battle with breast cancer.

My grandmother's been a huge inspiration for not just the women in the family but also the men. Her ability to battle against and WIN that battle against cancer is truly an inspiring story.

Through my grandmother and her courageous battle, my mother and I are now more aware of the disease. I may not be in the age bracket for annual mamograms, but my mom has gone through the procedures and continues to do so as a precaution. Down the road, I plan to do the same.

Since my days at Stanford I've always been involved with charity work and giving back to the community. That hasn't changed at all since coming to San Antonio. I recently had the opportunity to attend a dinner with a bunch of local women in an effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. It truly is amazing to just see all of these women whether they be doctors, lawyers or basketball players come together for such a great cause.

When we played in Washington last week, my grandmother was on hand to watch me play.

My grandmother, a breast cancer survivor, battled this disease and was there to see it.