I've lost two people very close to me due to cancer, and am currently dealing with a new cancer diagnosis of a close family member. Throughout my personal experience of witnessing people dear to me stay strong and humble through their fight has always been most humbling for me. In 2012 I watched my uncle engulfed in the evil claws of cancer, but also watched him blossom into a greater human being than I'd ever known. He smiled endlessly no matter the pain and even when there was fluid in his chest and hurt to breathe, he still had the energy to make a silent room explode into laughter. I'm interested in cancer for more reasons than one, but mainly because of the impact it has on people lives.
I'm a proud student of Middle Tennessee State University and soon to be alumni. I am a community and public health major and will obtain a bachelor's of science in August of 2017. I love reading and being active in my community. I am a devoted student, sister, and daughter and also a devoted and determined community and public health advocate with a background in nutrition and food science. I am a outgoing individual demonstrating leadership skills, educational skills, and a commitment to health and wellness to the community. I am a proud intern of the Women Survivor Alliance and privileged to be a part of the movement. Lastly I am a proud mama bear to a sweet and gentle Rottweiler.
Editor’s note: WSA Summer 2017 Student Intern Shatoria Evans sat down with Pastor Breonus Mitchell of Mt. Gilead M.B. Baptist Church as part of a 2-part interview series. We chose Father’s Day weekend to publish the first part of the interview, as a tribute to the courage Pastor Mitchell has demonstrated through his wife’s cancer diagnosis and sadly, her passing. A devoted husband and father, he shares his story as a co-survivor.