#IamKomenATL – Janice McKenzie-Crayton

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#IAmKomenATL – Women of color have the worst breast cancer outcomes in Atlanta. That’s why I am part of Komen Atlanta’s Sisters of Promise, which is a group of prominent African American women in Atlanta that serve as ambassadors to help educate and expose our community to good information. We work to aggressively and proactively ensure that we get the right information and resources to everyone. As a 3-time breast cancer survivor, my promise is to educate, to inform, and to be an inspiration to others.

Here are the top 5 things I learned during my journey:

1. In the words of songstress Erika Badu, I am not my hair, and most certainly I am not my boobs!
2. Always put your prostheses in the same place at night. It is a terrible thing to be ready to start your day and you cannot find your STUFF!
3. A sense of humor really is medicine for the spirit and nourishment for the soul!
4. One must launch your own individual battle against breast cancer. I learned I had to do ME! I had to find my own statement of strength and victory. To signal my victory, with my surgeon’s approval and absolute delight, I completed a mastectomy tattoo across my chest, a flower garden that reminds me of how victorious I have been and how beautiful I am in spite of or even because of breast cancer.
5. And, early detection leads to long life!