Encouraging, Educating and Empowering By Sharing My Metastatic Breast Cancer Story

Update, June 21, 2016: Sarita Joy Jordan passed away on June 19, 2016. Beloved by so many, she was a member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s 2015 inaugural Hear My Voice: Metastatic Breast Cancer Outreach Program, and, prior to that served on LBBC’s Breast Cancer Helpline and volunteered at many LBBC programs. Sarita spoke frequently to those in her local Philadelphia community including the media, medical students, and the general public. She used social media to reach a broader community through blogs and a Facebook page she created. An information seeker by nature, Sarita attended many national and local conferences gathering knowledge that she then shared with others.

The LBBC staff wanted to reshare this blog post Sarita wrote last year for the Beyond The Breast Campaign. It provides a sense of what a remarkable person she was and how she lived her life with joy and commitment. We will miss her.


Sarita Joy Jordan

In December 2005, I attended my first educational conference about breast cancer. The topic was about fertility in young women while going through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. I remember it like it was yesterday. I sat there and just listened to all that was going on around me. I had just had chemotherapy treatment that week and wasn’t feeling 100%.

There was a guest speaker who told her story. Her journey through breast cancer was incredible. Through all the surgeries and treatments she endured displayed an insurmountable amount of strength. I remember sitting there thinking, “I don’t have a story like that, WOW!” I had just started my journey and was in a fog as to what living beyond breast cancer should look like because I was a “newbie” in the fight.

11935020_10207730658931621_429639499760256324_nAs I continued on my path, growing through each step of the process, I began to think maybe I do have a story. There are so many things that go on that are ‘not so pretty in pink’, that no one prepared me for. At each conference I attended, trying to figure out my new normal, I learned something new to add to my zest for life. Somewhere in this process I began to blog from time to time and shared my story with almost toanybody who would listen. I didn’t want anyone to have to experience the depression, fear, anger, loss friendships due to their inability to cope, and loneliness. These are the things that all cancer patients go through behind closed doors. Eventually I was able to retire from my job and define my purpose and eagerness to help others by becoming a breast cancer advocate. I learned how to tell my story to encourage, educate and empower others to fight through a breast cancer diagnosis.

SO, I was asked, why do I tell my story? Honestly, I had to think: Why do I tell my story? There are several reasons. I choose to share my story so that others don’t feel they are alone. I tell my story because I am an African-American and my community needs to be able to relate to the messenger. I tell my story because I was stage I at my initial diagnosis and now LIVING with stage IV. I tell my story because I will celebrate 10 years of survival this month and I know this gives other women hope. I tell my story because I’ve learned that little money is spent on research for metastatic breast cancer and I’m running out of time to have my voice heard. This is why I am so grateful to be a Hear My Voice Outreach Volunteer with LBBC: to participate in community events and advocacy for metastatic disease. I tell my story for those that are no longer able to tell theirs.

12002748_10207917950653797_566816831184771998_nLastly, I tell my story for my children. They will always be able to access who their mom is as a person who truly cares, as a survivor, as a fighter, as a friend, as an advocate and someone who has used her own journey to try to save lives. In closing, I realize I do have a story. Each and every on of us does. Sharing is caring!

9 thoughts on “Encouraging, Educating and Empowering By Sharing My Metastatic Breast Cancer Story

  1. I WILL FOREVER MISS YOUR ENCOURAGING WORDS. YOUR STRENGTH WAS INCREDIBLE. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU SARITA, MY FRIEND

  2. You must have been a truly amazing woman. I am privileged to read your story, and grateful to you for sharing it.

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  4. She truly was a uplifting bright light in my life as a survivor of 19 years and 7 months each time she post on face book I said what a happy pink Sister always smiling and you could see here road getting harder but her smile brighter she made me smile when I was feeling some kind of way just to read or see her post will truly miss that light she always shined R.I.P.. Sarita Joy Jordan 🙏🏾

  5. I will miss your smiling face. You helped me feel better every time I saw your post. I am blessed to hear your story of living with metastatic breast cancer. You seemed to have such a positive attitude that I didn’t know that you had metastatic breast cancer. You were an inspiration to so many people. I know God is taking very good care of you. You will have no more pain or tears in heaven. R.I.P.

  6. Sarita, my pink angel, you were my strength. You taught me to smile even though it is raining. You are an amazing person with an amazing soul.
    Sleep in peace. I will forever hold you in my heart.

  7. Your smile brighten up anyone’s cloudy day…You were an inspiration and a light to many….You were a very courageous warrior….Let’s find a cure for cancer….Praying for your family and love ones….

  8. Sarita had a smile that would light up the world and she stayed so positive. She was an inspiration to all of us who have and are battling breast cancer. God has a new angel and her name is Sarita. Blessings to her children whom she loved deeply we will miss you sweetie but when we look up you will be there.

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