BHA Survivor Story: Jane Crawford
Jane Crawford was first diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago on Thanksgiving weekend. After many tests, her breast surgeon recommended that she get a lumpectomy to determine if the cancer had spread to any lymph nodes. Luckily the lymph nodes were not affected and she began three months of daily radiation treatments. Once she completed her treatments she was able to return to a normal active life.
Unfortunately, seven years after her first diagnosis, another lump was discovered in the same area as the first. The cancer turned out to be a different cancer than the first, which was a positive sign. However, now that breast cancer had struck her twice, she decided to get a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery at the same time. Jane also began taking Tamoxifen, a tablet that interferes with the activity of estrogen and used to prevent breast cancer.
Cancer free now for six years, Jane is currently a member of the GoPink!DC Dragon Boat Racing team. The team is made up of all breast cancer survivors. GoPink!DC raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The team’s mission is to improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors by increasing mobility, fitness, and mental health through participation in the activity of dragon boat paddling.