Grit Story: JoAnn D. from Gainesville, FL


I found a small lump in my left breast. When I was told it was breast cancer, I found a courage I never knew I had in me. I went through radiation and chemotherapy and lost my hair in the process. 

I’m now over 30 years being cancer free and try to encourage folks to not be afraid to seek help if they think something may be wrong.  “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” 

The fact that John Wayne wasn’t afraid to say “I survived it – you can too.” is what made me realize I’ll get through this.

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