Jana King: Cancer’s Love Language – Healing and Giving

By Drew Carr

Statesman Content Marketing

A cancer diagnosis and treatment regimen can mean a plenty of give and take between patients, family and friends, and a medical team. Strengthened by her faith, Jana King chose to focus on the giving.

Jana King and her husband

In 2014, one year away from retirement, Jana went to the doctor for a mammogram. It had a been few years since her last mammogram, but she was checking off the boxes to make sure she was maintaining good health in time for her retirement. In the past, Jana didn’t have much concern about small lumps she’d found in her breasts.

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Christina Duhon: Hook, Line and Sinking Cancer

Christina catches a fish on her first Casting for Recovery fly fishing retreat. (Photo: Christina Duhon)

By Drew Carr

Statesman Content Marketing

It’s probably safe to say that most cancer patients are not introduced to their oncologists standing waist deep in a flowing Texas Hill Country river while fly fishing. But Christina Duhon’s cancer journey is not like others.

In 2010, during her pregnancy with her second child, Christina noticed a lump in one of her breasts. Believing it was related to her pregnancy, Christina waited until after delivering her son to have the lump removed. After the surgery, she learned that the lump was cancerous and was referred to Texas Oncology, where a CT scan revealed she had stage IV metastatic breast cancer.

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Karen Thomas: Powering Through Cancer, One Step at a Time

By Drew Carr

Statesman Content Marketing

Karen Thomas, known to friends and family as K.T., has always been serious about preventive health care and leading an active lifestyle. She’s an avid cyclist and power walker. Now retired and in her 70’s, K.T. continues the regular mammogram schedule she’s maintained for nearly 50 years without incident.

K.T. (left) enjoys cycling through the San Gabriel River Trail and Goodwater Loop with her sister, Diane. (Photo: K.T. Thomas)

But this year’s annual exam in January included addressing unusual discomfort she was feeling. The diagnosis: stage I breast cancer. K.T. instantly knew her strategy for coping with cancer. She would continue, to fullest extent possible, her very active routine. As she had done throughout her life, K.T. was intent on powering through her cancer journey.

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