Suzannah is a 34-year-old breast cancer survivor from Clemson, South Carolina.

Southern Living Editors

Tell us about yourself.
I teach elementary school, and love to read, run, and spend time with my 5-year-old daughter, Caroline, and my 3-year-old son, Markham. 

When were you diagnosed?
My doctor felt my lump during an annual exam on my 32nd birthday, September 30, 2008.

How has cancer changed your outlook on life?
I have learned to let go of things that don’t matter while enjoying the things that do matter.  My time with my husband and children is precious to me!  I’ve also become more active with advocacy for research, education, and a cure. 

What words of encouragement would you share with others with cancer?
Ask questions, talk to survivors, and choose a doctor with whom you feel comfortable.  Accept help – you can pay it forward later.  Don’t worry about thank-you notes!  (This was particularly freeing for me, when someone told me that people don’t expect them from people who are going through this!)

Support this non-profit in honor of Suzannah: 
Share Our Suzy,
Share Our Suzy is an organization who provides financial help to women in South Carolina.  Because my doctors were spread across the state, they provided me with gas cards.  This allowed me to choose my doctors based on the quality of care I’d receive, regardless of location, not based only on the economic advantages of staying close to home.  
Please support those battling breast cancer by donating.  

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