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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Vickie Evans— The Importance of Routine Screenings

Vickie Evans & Dr. Debra Patt

By Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

What’s so funny about cancer? For professional public speaker and improv comedienne Vickie Sokol Evans, a sense of humor and fearlessness required in performing comedy were essential to her successful fight against breast cancer.

Even though she had no family history of breast cancer or any symptoms, Vickie scheduled a mammogram in January 2017 after the unexpected passing of her mother three months earlier.

“I was too busy and too healthy to go to the doctor otherwise. Mom’s death inspired me to get my life in order a bit.”

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Sarah Martinez — Gratitude and Attitude to Conquer Cancer

By Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

Dr. Lakshm ‘Bala’ Balasubramanian, Texas Oncology

Enduring cancer twice requires more than advanced treatment and smart medical teams. It takes a community of support – caring, eager to help, and nearby.

Just ask Sarah Martinez.

Five years after a valiant and successful breast cancer fight, Sarah was charging full steam ahead with her life, working on a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Then, just five weeks after completing the fifth year of follow-up hormone treatment, Sarah discovered a lump in her armpit (axilla). She was diagnosed with Stage IIIC breast cancer in February 2017.

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