Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today's featured cancer survivor: Cathy Jeans

Posted: Friday, October 02, 2009

Age: Undisclosed.

Juneau resident: 24 years, originally from Eugene, Ore.

Family: Husband, Jeff Jeans, died July 6, 2008, from angiosarcoma; and son, 20.

Hobbies: Working out, going to church, volunteering and learning how to cook. Now that she is in remission, she is just establishing new hobbies. She also is a former Cancer Connection board member.

Occupation: Accountant, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Kind: Breast cancer.

Years surviving: 10 months. She finished radiation in March.

Diagnosed: June 2008.

Quote: "When your journey in life takes unexpected turns, maintain a positive attitude, believe in miracles and always having faith and hope. Jeff and I believed this deep within our heart as it helped keep my husband alive longer than the doctors originally predicted, and it really helped keep me alive during some really dark days just after he passed. So, I do believe in miracles, and I always have faith and hope."

• To be featured as a cancer survivor during the month of October, contact Neighbors editor Kim Andree at 523-2272 or

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