Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: Barbara Belknap

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009

Age: 61.

Juneau resident: 23 years.

Family: Husband of 40 years, Doug; son, Will, and his wife, Shonda; grandson, Patrick; and granddaughter, Marlena, all in Juneau; daughter, Amy Belknap; and son-in-law, Scott Fisher, of Seattle. "And three incredibly supportive siblings in the Lower 48, Kathy, Bill and Pat Puckett."

Hobbies: She is involved in several women's organizations, gardening and travel.

Occupation: Retired as the executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute in 2002. Kind: Ovarian cancer. Years surviving: Nine years this month.

Diagnosed: October 2000.

Quote: "It took slowing down to fully realize that finding ovarian cancer at Stage I is incredibly rare, and although the surgeries and complications were hard, I am lucky to be alive. When women hear that I had ovarian cancer, they often touch me and become very emotional. Like millions of people, including my mother and my older brother, I now have the big "CA" (cancer) on my medical records. While that does not define who I am, it is now part of my life experience and I'm a lucky woman to be here writing about it."

• 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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