Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Survivor Credits Health First For Healthy Outcome
By Space Coast Daily // October 29, 2019
“Lisa Strong” began on Valentine’s Day of 2019
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Family is what helped Lisa get through the most challenging time in her life as she battled triple-negative breast cancer; however, her family is a little different than the usual.
Lisa’s family consists of children, parents, cousins, grandparents, but also nurses, doctors, leaders and mid-wives.
They’re called “Lisa Strong,” and are made up of three different units at Health First, where Lisa has worked since 2003.
“Lisa Strong” began on Valentine’s Day of 2019.
Earlier that day, Lisa thought about canceling her mammography appointment but was glad she didn’t.
“I knew it was going to happen to me, but I just didn’t know when,” said Lisa, as she recalls her mom having breast cancer, too.
She would have a double mastectomy on April 4, and begin chemotherapy in May.
Her family wouldn’t let her triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis take her to a dark place.
They made pink T-shirts emblazoned with “Lisa Strong” on the front and “You GOAT this” on the back in reference to Lisa’s farm.
“It made my day,” Lisa said, as she continued to hold back the tears.
They also sent supportive text messages, started a fundraiser and made bracelets.
The support was felt at home, too.
“Not one single night for six weeks occurred that somebody didn’t bring homemade cooked food to our house,” said Lisa, as she describes how they looked after her animals and barn, too.
She credits her family as to why there is no evidence of the disease, and why she can now focus on her bucket list.
“The support system that I have is a blessing, and I’m lucky,” Lisa said.