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Diann's Story

Diann G. is a true inspiration. As the Executive Director of the local Boys and Girls Club, she is committed to building a better, stronger and youth-supportive community here in Southern Oregon. Because she had no family history of cancer, Diann decided to skip a mammogram one year. The very next year she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. Diann was 45 years old.

"The guidelines say that screening should be done every two years after 50, but if I would have waited until the age of 50, I would not be alive today--so please, get your mammogram every year and start at 40 years old."

Diann’s positive attitude and smiling face is one we look forward to seeing each week when she visits us at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. She strongly believes it was her good nature and optimism that helped her heal. "It is very important to keep a positive outlook going through treatment. With faith, family and friends you will get through it." Her two teenage daughters--who share in her playful demeanor--helped keep the humor alive during those hard times, "When I was bald my daughters told me 'Mom--you really don't have eyes in the back of your head!'"

"Going through something like this makes you appreciate all aspects of life, especially your family and friends. I wake up every day, get out of bed, and I know it is going to be a wonderful day. I am very grateful for this."

We celebrate Diann and her strength and courage. Thank you for sharing your story, and for giving so much of your wonderful self to the community!


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