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Three Survivors Share their Stories – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Teresa Ramirez – Beating the Odds

My name is Teresa Ramirez and I work in the Consumer Affairs Office with 36 years of service. I would like to share my testimony regarding the hardest battle I have ever faced in my life. It was February 2011 when I received some very devastating news regarding my health. My doctor told me I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Carcinoma Breast Cancer. She said this cancer was very aggressive and I needed to start treatment right away or I could die. You can imagine how I felt hearing this and without delay drew upon support from family, friends and faith family.

My doctor immediately started my treatment with 16 rounds of very toxic chemotherapy, followed by surgery and ending with weeks of radiation. The hardest part of going through chemotherapy was losing all of my hair by the third week. I thank God for sending me good doctors and giving me the strength to get through this journey. I stayed positive in my faith by praying and taking one day at a time until the completion of the treatments.

As we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month I want to stress the importance of getting yearly mammograms for early detection. Statistics state that one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I pray for our loved ones that have lost this battle with this terrible disease and for all the women who are fighting it every day.

I would like to end my story by saying I am a “Breast Cancer Survivor”, celebrating my first year September 28, 2012. I thank my supportive family, friends and church members for all their prayers during my illness.

Nancy Whitts shares her story

For Nancy Whitts surviving breast cancer twice was a big wakeup call and motivator for her to join in the fight against the disease. A 14-year veteran with the Postal Service, Nancy believes no other organization creates a better forum for the campaign than the Susan G Komen for the Cure foundation. This foundation provides funds for research into the cure for breast cancer.

Nancy was first diagnosed in 2000 with “ductal carcinoma in situ” and went through a six-week treatment. Four years later in 2004, the disease returned as a stage 3A invasive cancer. “Both cancers could not be detected through regular mammogram; It was an ultra-sound that detected them,” she said. How did she cope with the mews the first time? “When I was going through my cancer my mother was dying and I was her care giver,” Nancy stated. “That took my mind off my own situation,” she added.

Having survived breast cancer twice Nancy decided to join in the fight against the dreadful disease. “I got involved because I am a survivor. I am determined to fight the disease to the finish so I do whatever I can to raise money annually for the Susan G Komen foundation. My group participates in the yearly 5k run or family walk. The foundation expects participants to donate between $200 and $500. I gather more than that. Whatever amount I am able to collect I commit to the foundation.”

She also works with the Kelsey-Seybold cancer support group; and encourages anyone going through the disease to find a support group because they have some useful ideas… “Nothing is more valuable than hearing from someone who has gone through what you are facing at the moment. The doctor may not understand.” On a final note, Nancy advises every woman to start mammogram at the age of 27 because that helped her.

 Mary Adams – Early Detection Helps

My name is Mary Adams. I have been employed by the USPS for 33 years. I am also a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with cancer at an early stage. My first symptom was having chest pains and the fact that I sing in the church choir as a strong alto. My choir director asked me what was wrong with my voice. I could not tell her. I did not know… so I went to my doctor and I told him I was having chest pains. The hospital was right next door, he told me to go over there and tell them my chest was hurting. The hospital told me I had a back injury. I didn’t go there complaining about a back ache; I had chest pains. I went back to my doctor and told him I was still having chest pains. He sent me to get a mammogram. The rest is history… besides the fact I am still on medication.

Breast cancer is no joke… it has no name, no age, no gender and no color. I’m saying this to let the men know that you also can get breast cancer. Go to the doctor and get your yearly examination, and ask them to examine your breast for cancer or send you to get a mammogram yearly. Be persistent and do your own examination also. If you do not know how to do self-examination, ask your doctor.

 I end this… again by saying I am a survivor and I just want to tell the world and I thank God each and every day for another chance in life.

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LOOK HOW FAR LOOK HOW FAR LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME

A uniformed driver sits atop a regulation wagon in Boston, Massachusetts, around 1895.  Regulation wagons were used to transport mail between Post Offices, their stations, and train stations in large cities from the 1870s to the early 1900s. The wagon pictured above was painted red, white, and blue, with gold lettering, and could haul up to 5,000 pounds of mail. The average carrier traveled around 30 miles per day, delivering to approximately 750 customers and earned an annual salary of $400.

By the late 1890s regulation wagons began to phase out in favor of lighter and cheaper screen wagons. Pictured – A rural carrier delivers a letter to a customer in York County, Maine, on August 26, 1930. Rural carriers, who purchased their own vehicles, experimented with automobiles on their routes as-early-as 1902.

By 1904 at least one carrier regularly used a “horseless mail wagon” on a 25-mile route in California.

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sugarland MPO has Celebration for Veteran’s

 

 

 

 

November 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment