Exposing Hope 2017 | Wiley Stockton

“Hope means great expectations for a future for me and having confidence that I can continue a meaningful life.”

Wiley Stockton, a four-and-a-half-year survivor, has realized how fragile life can be.  Wiley shared that he is extremely blessed to continue his same lifestyle and appreciates every day he has.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Vicki Trone

“Hope is a chance to live.  Hope is not only the opportunity to celebrate the survivors but also the opportunity to honor those who did not.”

Vicki Trone doesn’t often think about her cancer journey; however, when life gets hard, her survivorship energizes her to move forward.  A thirteen-year survivor, mentions she is still the same person today as she was before the diagnosis.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Vicki Harris

“Hope is faith; knowing that God is in control and will guide my way.  Hope is strength.  Hope is faith.  Hope is God.”

Two-time breast cancer survivor, Vicki Harris shares that her experience amplified her life, values and direction.  Her first diagnosis was at 43 and she endured lumpectomy, radiation and chemo which were to assure a 98% chance of no recurrence.  At 59, a new cancer therapy was discovered through a mammogram.  Vicki openly shared that a double mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy and lifelong medications were reminders that she can do everything with God’s help.

Breast cancer led Vicki to evaluate her life, relationships and work balance.  Vicki shared that her diagnosis was a reminder of who is in charge and who she must rely on.  She demonstrates that she controls her attitude and faith; however, other aspects of the journey were out of her control such as her hair loss and her body changes.

Breast cancer has had a profound impact on Vicki.  She admitted that “she embraces the brown ribbon of denial” that cancer has overtaken her life. Vicki is the same person she was before breast cancer with her energy, positive attitude and love of life.  These are all key and constant factors in her life.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Sondra Freeman

Hope is “Faith is the substance of things HOPED for the evidence of things not seen.” [Hebrews 11:1]

Sondra Freeman is a woman of very strong faith which has notably helped her throughout her journey.  Sondra shared that her faith in Jesus Christ, His healing power and a loving, supportive family to surround her with love, prayer and encouragement was everything she needed to get through her breast cancer journey.  As a minister’s wife, Sondra received many calls for prayer requests during her treatment.  Although she had prayer requests of her own, she was devoted to supporting those who also needed prayer and encouragement.

Sondra, a seven-year survivor, feels one of the best things in life is that she is still able to hug her family every day.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Simone Liebling

“My optimism and lust for life will help me overcome an illness.”

Simone Liebling, an eleven-year survivor, lives life to the fullest every day and was lucky to return to her active life immediately after her treatment.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Shelia Fairbanks

“[Hope is] always expecting and having confidence that whatever the situation it will always turn out for my good and I will be a better person.”

Shelia Fairbanks was first diagnosed in February of 1997.  Unfortunately, her cancer has returned three times throughout the years.

However, that has not stopped her from seeing the beauty in every day.  Shelia appreciates all the blessings life offers.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Sharon Kilpatrick

“Hope to me is a better, brighter future and that tomorrow will be a better day for not just me but everyone.  The future is not guaranteed so without hope, life loses meaning.”

Sharon Kiltpatrick’s experience has led her to give back to the breast cancer community.  She wants other women to know that breast cancer isn’t limited to those with a family history and it’s important to be your own advocate.  As a volunteer for a breast cancer non-profit organization, she wants women to know about the resources available and that it’s not just about pink ribbons during the month of October.  Breast cancer has an impact every day of the year, whether it’s a diagnosis, treatment or survival.

Sharon is a three-year survivor.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Sandra Taylor

“Hope to me is waking up every morning and feeling blessed with what I have and looking forward to another day.”

Sandra Taylor, Robert’s Mammy, had no history of breast cancer in her family so she was surprised when her doctor shared her diagnosis.  She quickly realized that breast cancer doesn’t discriminate and anyone can be affected.  Sandra shared that she was fortunate that her treatment plan didn’t include chemotherapy or radiation, however, she empathizes with those who are currently enduring any form of treatment.

As a four-year survivor, Sandra has a new appreciation of life and it shows through the aperture.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Ronni Lundy

“Hope means the finest, cutting edge medical care possible, but also compassionate, attentive, loving support throughout my experience.”

Ronni Lundy, a one-and-a-half year survivor, has learned that life is the gift of possibility, and her responsibility is to make the most of it.

Exposing Hope 2017 | Percy Ann Edmundson

“[Hope is] how much Jesus Christ means to me and all the special things and people that have affected my life.”

Percy Ann Edmundson, a four-time survivor, shares that she has learned to be thankful for every day as well as her family and friends.