Life began on January 1964 for Kimberly Patton at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Ironically, 47 years later, on her birthday, Kim found herself receiving chemotherapy to prolong her life at Little Company of Mary ‘s Cancer Center. Kim was diagnosed with stage two HER2-positive breast cancer. HER2-positive breast cancer tends to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer. But, what was once a worrisome prognosis is now just the opposite thanks to the advances in HER2+ targeted therapy.
“I was lying down on my sofa and as I leaned over, I noticed a lump on my breast,” said Kim Patton. “I had symptoms like, hair loss and fatigue but I just thought it was due to stress or menopause.”
The day before Thanksgiving, Kim was having surgery to remove the cancer. Today, Kim has a lot to be thankful for. She finds herself cancer free and credits this to a clear plan of aggressive chemotherapy, 33 rounds of radiation, and ongoing sessions of targeted therapy at Little Company of Mary’s state-of-the-art Cancer Center. “I’m a Lifer, not a survivor, not a warrior, not a fighter. I’m not brave or strong. I do what I need to do to heal and live my life to the fullest.”
“Having breast cancer doesn’t mean you are going to die, just as not having breast cancer doesn’t mean you are going to live. So, I take and enjoy one day at a time, love my family more than ever and most importantly give thanks to God for giving me life.” All of the things we take for granted due to daily life but for Kim, this is what a “lifer” looks forward to everyday!
Please join us for the 13th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012. The walk starts at 8:00a.m. at Ridge Park located on 96th and Longwood, Chicago, Illinois. All proceeds benefit Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center. The Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center provides the latest technology and treatment approaches from an expert, caring medical team led by Breast Surgeon, Dr. Nancy Taft.
For more information on the 13th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk please visit www.beverlybreastcancerwalk.org or call 708.229.5256. For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center or Dr. Nancy Taft, please visit www.myhealthmyjourney.com or call 708.229.4050. To schedule a mammogram call 708.499.8550.