BHA Survivor Story: Eleanor Johnson
In September of 2002, Eleanor Johnson went to her doctor for a routine checkup. Following her checkup she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. When breast cancer has reached stage 3, it means that it has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes or nearby muscle but has not yet moved to other organs. There are a number of factors involved in determining the true extent of Stage 3 breast cancer so establishing a prognosis can be difficult. Eleanor’s course of treatment was to undergo a lumpectomy followed by six cycles of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation therapy. A lumpectomy is where doctors will remove the tumor (lump) and some of the surrounding tissue.
After going through treatment, Eleanor is now cancer free and has spoken at many women’s conferences encouraging women to do self-breast exams and to get mammograms. For the last eight years she has been involved with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Eleanor is an advocate for women’s health and has come out stronger from her battle with breast cancer and even makes time to come out to some Mystics games.