Breast cancer survivor runs in Susan G Komen race

5:08 PM, Sep 4, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- In the summer of 2007, Jane Sawyer's world changed when her gynecologist found a lump in her breast during a routine exam.

"I pretty much new by the end of the day, well I actually knew immediately there was something wrong because just the look on his face, but by the end of the day I knew there was something pretty wrong because I was having an appointment with the surgeon," Sawyer said.

Sawyer said she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer and it spread into her lymph nodes and ended up having a mastectomy and then started chemotherapy. A couple of weeks into her chemo, she did the 1-K fun walk as part of the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.

"I could barely walk, but it was so inspiring to see the sea of pink t-shirts and not just the pink t-shirts, but the white t-shirt people who are supporters. I really felt for the first time that I could get through it," Sawyer said.

Then in 2008 she found a lump in her other breast and had another mastectomy.

"It took me about 30 seconds to choose to have another mastectomy," Sawyer said.

Sawyer said she had breast reconstruction surgery and is cancer free. She is currently involved with caring connections providing support to women and their families who are dealing with breast cancer, but she still runs in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and has not missed one since her diagnoses.

"My times are improving. I might be seen walking part of it, but I'll be starting, running. I'll be right there in the front," Sawyer said.

Sawyer said she now feels better than she has ever felt before and her message to women fighting breast cancer is to try and stay positive.

"Have hope, reach out, there's help right in this community you can get the best care possible here," Sawyer said.

With the Susan G Komen race scheduled for Sept. 16, Sawyer is getting ready to run and will try and bear her time from last year's race.

For more information on the race and how to register, visit www.komenmaine.org

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