Monday, September 19, 2011
"Sometimes God works in mysterious ways and that's how I kind of feel that he's pushing me," said Stephanie Scott, a two year breast cancer survivor from Wichita.
Stephanie is one of the faces for young breast cancer survivors. She was named the Quilted Northern Soft and Strong Champion for this year's Komen Mid-Kansas Race for the Cure.
"As young women, we have the opportunity to prevent breast cancer by the way we eat, by exercising, by doing things that I should've been doing more of before and I'm now doing."
She was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the young age of 35.
"I was terrified when I was first diagnosed. I knew that cancer at that age was going to be very aggressive and that I had maybe a battle ahead of me."
Stephanie had seen her father lose his battle with colon cancer exactly a year from the day she was diagnosed. She underwent surgery to remove to have 18 lymph nodes removed and had six months of chemotherapy in 2009. A month after her last chemo session, she walked in the Race for the Cure.
"I felt that they took me under their arms and wanted to get to know me as a person. For the first time, I felt like I was a part of something."
Now, she volunteers her time as a race committee member hoping to do her part in finding the cure and helping other survivors celebrate life.
"I feel like I'm more active in the community, obviously with Komen, and with that, is a desire to get to know more people and get out there and make more friends," said said. "Have a happy life."
The 2011 Race for the Cure is Saturday, Sept. 24 at Towne East Square. People can register online here and at the event.