Survivor Story: Jeanette Meachem

All week we've been featuring women who are breast cancer survivors – tonight we want to introduce you to Jeanette Meachem.

Jeanette never had breast cancer.  Her younger sister did.

"Joye was exactly what her name says," Jeanette says.  "My sister Joye was full of life."

Joye Jordan was diagnosed at 31 years old.  She died a year later. 

Doctors found a ten-centimeter tumor and attacked aggressively.  After chemotherapy and surgery, doctors gave Joye the all-clear.

"Our family was relieved," Jeanette says. "The original diagnosis had hit us like a brick.  We just thought, 'Cancer? Cancer doesn't happen in our family.'"

Sadly, the all-clear was given too early.  Joye's breast cancer came back into her spinal fluid in her brain. 

She says she thinks it could've been prevented had she and Joye and others had been more educated.

"I feel that in the African-American community, we're more more less… it's kinda hard for us to wrap our minds around the fact something like cancer could take us out."

That's why Jeanette is now talking with you.  She wants you to know – whoever you are – that breast cancer is real, and dangerous.

She'll be at Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure on October 5th walking in memory of Joye.  Twenty-five thousand of us will be in Uptown fighting for a cure and celebrating survivorship.  The money raised helps the uninsured and underinsured in our area.

WBTV has two teams – "Team John" and "Team Molly".  Join either one!

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