LBBC Conference Offers ‘Extra Hand to Hold’
When Tiah Tomlin wanted to learn more about breast cancer and connect with others who understood what she was going through, she turned to Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s annual conference.
Read her story below and learn more about 2017 Living Beyond Breast Cancer Conference: Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength, October 6 to 8 in Memphis, Tennessee.
In early 2015, when I was 38, my company, My Style Matters, joined forces with the American Cancer Society to put on the 5K Suit Run to raise awareness of prostate cancer. After several months of planning, in June of that year, I received a call that forever changed my life. I was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, stage IIA. I found a hard lump in my right breast via a self-breast exam and followed up with several diagnostic tests. Initially I was devastated, but through perseverance, strength, and my faith in God, I knew I could beat this disease.
I attended an LBBC conference in 2016 because I wanted to learn more as part of my healing journey. I needed to connect with others going through the same thing and wanted to share my own testimony to help others impacted by this disease. Attending allowed me to hear the needs of others, which inspired me to become a Young Advocate. I learned so much about breast cancer and just how different each person’s journey is. I also became aware of things I could do to help prevent recurrence and of new products that some people found beneficial.
I would encourage anyone reading this blog to attend LBBC’s conference, especially if you’ve never considered attending something like this. If nothing else, it offers an extra hand to hold throughout your breast cancer journey. I was surprised by all of the guidance I received from attendees who were in all different stages of treatment. People who had finished treatment taught me about rebuilding, and about things that I’d need to consider for the rest of my life: for “living beyond breast cancer.”
I feel blessed to share that after eight rounds of chemo, a lumpectomy, 33 rounds of radiation and several doses of LOVE from family and friends, I BEAT “CAN’TCER!” And this isn’t going to stop me from giving back to those who could use my hand to hold. We all need each other.
Join us in Memphis for three days of connection, information and inspiration at 2017 Living Beyond Breast Cancer Conference: Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Strength.