Episode Summary

Join Catherine Young, Sr. Vice President of the Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi affiliate, Molly May, breast cancer survivor and author of My Crowning Achievement, and featured guest, Danyell Williams, as she tells her heart-wrenching story of cancer diagnosis, loss, courage, faith, and the comfort received from the beautiful, encouraging eyes of her baby daughter, Sadie.

Episode Notes

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus situation, the Race For the Cure Metro Jackson event previously scheduled for April 25, 2020 has been postponed.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women between the ages of 20 and 39.Genetic factors can put women at a higher risk of breast cancer. Women diagnosed at age 40 and younger may have BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations. Women who have a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation can have up to a 72% risk of developing breast cancer.

Danyell Williams had recently given birth to an eager, lively, alert, bright-eyed baby girl, she and her husband, Richard, had named Sadie Seona. While breast feeding 2-month-old Sadie, Danyell noticed a rather large lump in her breast. Her doctor thought it was a blocked milk duct and suggested hand compression and antibiotics. Although concerned due to her mother having been diagnosed twice with breast cancer, Danyell continued to breastfeed and follow the directions from her doctor.

The lump did not go away. Three months passed, and Danyell found a second lump under her arm. This time she became her own advocate and asked her doctor for a mammogram, regardless of her young age of 32. (Most insurance plans are not required by law to pay for screening mammograms for women below the age of 40.) Danyell was immediately sent for an ultrasound and a mammogram, which led to a biopsy that same day. Alone and unprepared, Danyell feared the worst.

Join Catherine Young, Sr. Vice President of the Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi affiliate, Molly May, breast cancer survivor and author of My Crowning Achievement, and featured guest, Danyell Williams, as she tells her heart-wrenching story of cancer diagnosis, loss, courage, faith, and the comfort received from the beautiful, encouraging eyes of her baby daughter, Sadie.

About the Show

A production of Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi. Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded byNancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Race for the Cure®,Komen Memphis-Midsouth Mississippi has raised and invested almost $14 million in community breast health programs in 21 counties in the state of Mississippi and contributed over $3.8 million to research. For more information, call 901.757.8686 or visitwww.komenmemphisms.org.

This podcast is proudly sponsored by the D.L. Dykes, Jr. Foundation, producers of FAITHANDREASON®. Learn more about their work at www.faithandreason.org.

About the Show

A production of Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi. Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Race for the Cure®, Komen Memphis-Midsouth Mississippi has raised and invested almost $14 million in community breast health programs in West Tennessee and the state of Mississippi and contributed over $3.8 million to research. For more information, call 901.757.8686 or visit komenmemphisms.org