St. Bernards honors cancer survivors in time for Breast Cancer - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

St. Bernards honors cancer survivors in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - St. Bernard's Women Services hosted a special event Sunday evening at the Imaging Center in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October.

The staff honors a breast cancer survivor by adding her to the Warrior Women Wall of Fame at the Imaging Center.

Mary Kathryn Berry, who was diagnosed in 1988, was the honoree.

Berry said because of her experience she started a support group for women like her in Region 8.

"There was none available at that time, and I realized the need that we had for northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri. For anyone that has had breast cancer they've got to have help, but you've got to know what you're talking about, and therefore you have to have had it."

After her diagnosis Berry established the Northeast Arkansas Breast Cancer Support Group.   

Mary Kathryn Berry's is the tenth picture to hang in the Warrior Women Survivor Hall. "There is a light at the end of tunnel," she said.

Berry said for her, getting to the light meant facing the truth about her health back in 1988 when she already knew what a mammogram would confirm.

"Being a nurse you deny things, and I knew through breast self exam that I had breast cancer, but I denied it for a while."

After a left mastectomy and six months of chemotherapy more than 20 years ago, family and friends gathered at the Imaging Center to celebrate Berry's will to live.

One of those friends is Vanessa Esters. A survivor since 2009, Esters considers herself a friend of Berry even though the two women do not know much about each other.

"Whether I knew her personally or not, it's just being that survivor, knowing that it's people that care, that makes a difference," Esters said. "You don't know until you've been through it, and you do need that support group."

For more information about the Northeast Arkansas Breast Cancer Support Group call Carol-Kay Moore at (870) 932-4321 or (870) 919-5251.

Copyright 2012 KAIT. All rights reserved.

 

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • ANC's new tech center open in time for fall semester

    ANC's new tech center open in time for fall semester

    Friday, August 17 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-08-18 01:39:51 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:05 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:05:01 GMT
    ANC holds grand opening for new tech center. (Source: KAIT-TV)ANC holds grand opening for new tech center. (Source: KAIT-TV)
    ANC holds grand opening for new tech center. (Source: KAIT-TV)ANC holds grand opening for new tech center. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    Arkansas Northeastern College's new Center for Allied Technologies officially opened its doors to the public just in time for the start of the fall semester. 

    Arkansas Northeastern College's new Center for Allied Technologies officially opened its doors to the public just in time for the start of the fall semester. 

  • Suit filed by former city employee dismissed in federal court

    Suit filed by former city employee dismissed in federal court

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-07-11 16:19:03 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:01:21 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A former Jonesboro city employee filed a lawsuit against the city, mayor, and other employees.

    A former Jonesboro city employee filed a lawsuit against the city, mayor, and other employees.

  • Filing period ends for municipal races in region

    Filing period ends for municipal races in region

    Friday, August 17 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-08-18 01:11:02 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-08-18 01:34:57 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    Voters in the region will head to the polls this fall to decide a series of federal, state and local races on the ballot. 

    Voters in the region will head to the polls this fall to decide a series of federal, state and local races on the ballot. 

Powered by Frankly