Raemel Davis, 59
How long in Southeast: 50 years
Immediate family: two adult sons, Christopher and Joshua
Years as a survivor: 9 years
Quote: "I had stage three cancer, at stage four they pat you on the back and send you home to die. I let my cancer go too long before I was treated. I knew I had something going on but I didn't go to my doctor. I knew I had a lump for a couple years but I didn't do anything about it because I had so much else going on in my personal life. Get checked and do it early, don't wait! Now I just feel like I can live. I went through the worst. I went through a mastectomy, went through raising two kids myself and my husband leaving, now I feel like I can handle anything. If it comes back I can deal with it. Life is tough, you don't have to like what it hands you but you just have to deal with it. I have dealt with the hard part and I will deal with what comes next. I feel like I have dealt with everything, and anything that comes along is just gravy. My advice is check yourself and don't just rely on an annual checkup."
If you, or someone you know is a Southeast Alaska breast cancer survivor, please send contact information to the Empire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Data can also be mailed to Charles Ward, Interim Managing Editor, c/o the Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Dr., Juneau, AK 99801, or dropped off at our office. Please provide contact information for the survivor in the submission.
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