Welcome to the Sassy Survivor
DeBorrah Carter – Founder and Executive Director
What a blessing to have the privilege of once again being able to share the beautiful stories of Sassy Survivors and what God is doing with this ministry. It’s been some time since I last wrote and oh my, quite a bit has occurred during that time. What has never changed and as Survivors, we know will always remain the same, is God’s love for us and how He has sustained us during our journey through Breast Cancer. I say “through” because we aren’t staying here, we are going through because I recognize that there are people waiting on the other side who need to see and hear the faith we bring as Sassy Survivors.
Several of us have had major physical and health challenges, but God has been faithful. Helen Keller said “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar”. With God’s guidance, Sassy Survivors will soar like eagles.
In this issue, Tabatha is sharing her story. She is our youngest survivor, in her 20’s and has a lot to say. Her bubbly personality is like a bottle of brand new “uncorked champagne”. Prior to this new website going to press, Tabatha reentered treatment. She was first diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer back in 2012. She had just celebrated 2 years cancer free when in late July 2014, she received the new diagnosis. She says it is even more important that young women know her story.
I want to also share some information about Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) in my next issue. We have a couple of members with IBC and one member with metastatic IBC. With IBC only accounting for 2%-5% of all Breast Cancers, it’s important that we become educated about this.
Lastly, what is going on in the Inland Empire with African American women and Breast Cancer? Our Survivor Intern did some research and the news will be enlightening.
The mission of Sassy Survivor is to “Make Awareness a Priority” and “Getting the Message about Breast Health and Breast Cancer to All Women of Color”. I hope you enjoy this issue and I encourage you to write us, tell you story and join us at one of our monthly meetings. We are believers of the power of God and are faith centered.
Psalm 139:14 -The Message (MSG) 13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God – you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration – what a creation. You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you. The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
I love you and pray that you continue in God’s might. Feel free for information on our next meeting.