Lisa Voorhies: Building the best team for battle

By Jodi N. Gonzalez
Statesman Content Marketing

October 10, 2015

Lisa VoorhiesThe best support team has your back even when you don’t know you need it.

After a routine mammogram on Oct. 2, 2014, Lisa Voorhies was told she would need an ultrasound. After the ultrasound, she was told she needed a biopsy. Two days later, the news came in: She had breast cancer.

Thus began a cancer journey that has ended well, but took several twists and turns over the past year.

Voorhies’ first surgeon told her she should have a mastectomy. “While I was comfortable with this approach if necessary, I wanted to make sure the decision was based on the most current medical information available,” Voorhies said. “So I wanted to first have a BRCA test.” Because her mother had battled and survived Stage III breast cancer at a young age in the 1980s, Voorhies was a good candidate to be tested for the presence of the breast cancer genes. This would help her know if a mastectomy was the right path.

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Suzanne Williams: Never Give Up on Yourself

By Jodi N. Gonzalez
Statesman Content Marketing

September 30, 2016

Fear is not a friend when it comes to health. Just ask Suzanne Williams of Dale, TX.

Williams first noticed a soft mass in her right breast in April 2010. “Like everyone, you think ‘There’s nothing wrong; maybe it’s just a hormonal thing or an infection.’ So I didn’t do anything about it.”

A few months later, things had only gotten worse. The skin on her breast took on an orange-peel texture and was really red. Her nipple was inverted. She knew it wasn’t going to get better on its own, so she headed to her primary care doctor.

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