>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO A SPECIAL EDITION OF “BLACK NOUVEAU.” I’M JOANNE WILLIAMS OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH THIS WEEK, WE’LL FOCUS ON BREAST CANCER IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN FROM A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES WE’LL LOOK AT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAMMOGRAMS, AND SHOW YOU HOW TO DO A SELF-EXAM WE’LL HIGHLIGHT SUPPORT GROUPS FOR WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER AND WE’LL TALK WITH A CAREGIVER HERE’S THE REALITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AND MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM THE DISEASE BECAUSE OF LATE DETECTION THE SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION AND KOHL’S CONVERSATIONS FOR THE CURE ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THAT SHANDRA COOPER TELLS US HOW >> YOU HAVE TO REALLY KNOW YOUR BODY >> BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR KHASEMA JOHNSON FINDS HEALING WHILE EDUCATING AND SHARING HER CANCER STORY TO WOMEN >> WE DON’T KNOW WHAT CAUSES IT, BUT SOME THINGS WE CAN DO >> JOHNSON IS PART OF THE KOHL’S CONVERSATION CURE FOR THE PROGRAM THE SUSAN G. KOMEN AND KOHL’S COLLABORATION THE PROGRAM IS A GRASSROOTS, BREAST EDUCATION INITIATIVE FOR WOMEN IN SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN >> I DON’T HAVE ANY INSURANCE I CAN’T AFFORD A MAMMOGRAM I’M AFRAID OF WHAT I MIGHT FIND OUT >> THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF REASONS ALL KINDS OF JUSTIFICATIONS AND ALL KINDS OF FEARS. IT’S OK LET’S TALK >> IT’S REALLY BUILT OFF VOLUNTEERS THESE VOLUNTEERS ARE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS, WOMEN WHO GO INTO THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES THEY TALK WITH LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, REALLY ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN BREAST CANCER IS NOT THE DEATH SENTENCE IT USED TO BE WOMEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER, THEY CAN LIVE, THEY CAN GO ON AND SURVIVE AND LIVE A LONG LIFE >> JOHNSON SAYS ONE DAY SHE WAS LYING IN BED AND DID A SELF-BREAST EXAM AND HER LIFE CHANGED FOREVER >> ONE MONTH I DID IT, AND I HAPPENED TO BE LAYING IN THE BED AND I FELT A LUMP SO I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG >> RIGHT AFTER JOHNSON’S 40th 40th BIRTHDAY, SHE HAD HER VERY FIRST MAMMOGRAM AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER >> RIGHT HERE, IT WAS A LUMP, ABOUT THAT BIG THAT I FOUND THE FIRST ONE AND THE DOCTOR SAID THAT I HAD TWO THEN I HAD TO GO THROUGH AN MRI, THEY FOUND SOMETHING ELSE, IN MY LYMPH NODES I WAS THINKING, OK, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET IT OUT OF ME, AND I LOST A COUSIN TO BREAST CANCER, ANOTHER TYPE OF CANCER >> JOHNSON’S DAUGHTER REMEMBERS THE DAY SHE GOT THE CALL FROM HER MOTHER SAYING SHE HAD CANCER >> I’M LIKE HELLO AND SHE’S LIKE IT’S CANCER, AND I KNEW SHE WAS WAITING ON THE CALL, SO I KNEW ONCE SHE SAID THAT, WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT, AND FIRST THING SHE SAID WAS, IT’S CANCER, AND I JUST IMMEDIATELY STARTED CRYING, BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAD CANCER AND THEY PASSED AWAY, SO WHEN SHE SAID CANCER, I THINK OF DEATH I DO NOT THINK IT — DO NOT THINK IT CAN’T HAPPEN TO YOU IT DOESN’T MATTER YOUR AGE, YOUR RACE, IT CAN DEFINITELY HAPPEN TO YOU >> JOHNSON SAYS SHE’S BLESSED DOCTORS FOUND THE CANCER AND IT WAS REMOVED AFTER CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT, HER CANCER WENT INTO REMISSION >> THIS ONE WAS VERY BAD I WAS IN THE BATHROOM, WITH MY GRANDSON AND I DIDN’T HAVE ANY HAIR ON MY HEAD AND HE WAS JUST LOOKING AND SMILING, SO I JUST STARTED HAVING A PHOTO SHOOT IN THE BATHROOM >> JOHNSON NOW KNOWS THAT EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY AND SHE’S DETERMINED TO SPREAD THAT MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMEN >> I HOPE THEY LEAVE WITH THE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO GET TO THE DOCTOR I CAN’T STRESS THAT ENOUGH GET THERE AND GET YOURSELF TESTED >> CERTIFICATE NURSE ROBERTA JOHNSON SHOWS STATISTICS SHOW WHEN A BLACK WOMAN GETS BREAST CANCER, THEY TEND TO DIE AT A HIGHER RATE THAN OTHER RACE >> IF YOU THINK I DON’T HAVE A FAMILY OF BREAST CANCER, I DON’T NEED A MAMMOGRAM OR NEED TO CHECK MY BREAST, BUT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN TO START AT AGE 40 TO GET MAMMOGRAMS EVERY YEAR TO SCREEN FOR BREAST CANCER THE EARLIER WE DETECT SOMETHING, THE BETTER WE CAN HELP YOU OUT >> JORDAN SAYS BLACK WOMEN HAVE TO REMOVE THE FEAR FACTOR AROUND GOING IN AND GETTING A MAMMOGRAM >> WOMEN ARE SAYING, OH, I THINK MAMMOGRAMS ARE GOING TO HURT, OR

YOU KNOW, THEY’RE JUST AFRAID THAT THE DOCTOR IS GOING TO FIND SOMETHING MAMMOGRAMS DON’T HURT, FIRST AND FOREMOST >> I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GOING OUT AND GETTING YOUR BREAST EXAM >> AS JOHNSON EMBRACES HER JOURNEY AS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR, HER MISSION IN LIFE NOW IS TO REACH WOMEN WHO LOOK LIKE HER, AND TEACH THEM ABOUT BREAST CANCER EDUCATION >> I’M AMPED, I’M PUMPED, I’M EXCITED ABOUT GETTING OUT HERE, GETTING THE WORD OUT TO WOMEN, HAVING THEM GO AND GET THEIR MAMMOGRAMS OR CLINICAL BREAST EXAMS, BY THESE WOMEN SHOWING UP-AND-COMING AND HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WITH ME AND GOING RIGHT AWAY TO TAKE CARE OF IT, IT MAKES ME FEEL AWESOME >> WOMEN WHO TOOK PART IN THIS INTIMATE CONVERSATION SAY THEY WERE INSPIRED BY JOHNSON’S CANCER STORY THEY’RE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUE CHECKING THEMSELVES OUT ON A MONTHLY BASIS AND TELLING OTHERS TO DO THE SAME >> I ALWAYS TRY TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN, LET THEM KNOW THAT IT IS IMPORTANT, IT’S BETTER TO KNOW THAN NOT TO KNOW, BECAUSE IF IT CAN BE CURED, WHY NOT DO IT >> KHASEMA SAYS CANCER STRIPPED HER LIFE OF MANY THINGS, BUT SHE STILL HAS HER WOMANHOOD AND IS A SURVIVOR TO SHARE HER STORY TO SAVE ANOTHER WOMAN’S LIFE >> EVEN I WORRY ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF BREAST CANCER IT’S NOT IN MY FAMILY AS FAR AS I KNOW, BUT IT HAS BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE MY LAST MAMMOGRAM AND IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO GET ONE >> HELLO >> HELLO >> HOW ARE YOU? >> I’M FINE HOW ARE YOU? >> I’M GOOD >> YOUR LAST NAME >> WILLIAMS >> FIRST NAME >> JOANNE >> YOU’RE HERE FOR A MAMMOGRAM TODAY >> YES, MA’AM >> WHAT I’M GOING TO DO IS TAKE YOU BACK TO CHANGE FOR YOUR EXAM I’M GOING TO TAKE YOU BACK TO CHANGE >> OK >> GOING TO CHANGE MY CLOTHES I HAVE TO LOCK UP EVERYTHING IN A LOCKER NO DEODORANT, THEY WILL PROBABLY HAVE SENT YOU ALL A REMINDER LETTER WITH INSTRUCTS ABOUT DEODORANT YOU CAN WEAR YOUR JEWELRY, BUT YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOCK THAT UP TOO I ALWAYS GET THE GOWN AND THE ROBE CONFUSED SEE THE CHART >> WE’RE GOING TO GO THIS WAY ALL RIGHT >> TAKE YOU FOR YOUR TEST TODAY HAVE YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE? >> I HAVE >> OK EXCELLENT SO THEN YOU KNOW THE ROUTINE >> YES, I DO >> COME ON IN, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME >> OK, JOANNE I JUST NEED TO VERIFY ALL YOUR INFORMATION TO KEEP US SAFE I HAVE JOANNE L. WILLIAMS >> YES >> THEY KEEP CHECKING TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THE RIGHT PICTURES WITH THE RIGHT WOMAN THERE ARE DOZENS OF JOANNE WILLIAMS IN THE MILWAUKEE PHONE BOOK, YOU KNOW >> OK THANK YOU >> JOANNE, OK IF I USE THESE STICKERS TO MARK YOUR NIPPLES >> OK >> WHEN WE’RE ALL DONE, YOU CAN JUST PEEL THESE OFF AND THROW THEM AWAY ALL RIGHT, WE’RE GOING TO ADJUST THE MACHINE TO YOUR HEIGHT, JOANNE AND FOR THESE I’M JUST GOING TO OPEN YOUR GOWN I’LL HAVE YOU LEAN IN STRAIGHT, MAKE SURE I GET EVERYTHING AND IF YOU CAN, JUST RELAX YOUR ARMS DOWN BY YOUR SIDE IT’S GOING TO START TO GET TIGHT FROM THE BACK BY YOUR CHEST WALL AND THEN FORWARD LET ME KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR YOU >> THAT’S ENOUGH >> OK >> NOW I’M READY TO TAKE THE X-RAY OK SO I’M GOING TO, JOANNE, I JUST WANT YOU TO STOP BREATHING AND NOT MOVE JUST STOP BREATHING >> YEAH, IT’S UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT IT ONLY LASTS ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT SECONDS YOU CAN STAND IT >> OK SO WE’RE GOING TO DO THE LEFT SIDE NOW I’M GOING TO JUST FLIP IT THE OTHER WAY >> THEN I TURNED AROUND SO THAT RHONDA COULD TAKE PICTURES ON THE OTHER SIDE >> OK IF YOU WILL, WE’RE GOING TO LIFT THE GOWN OR ROBE OK PERFECT AND THEN IF YOU’LL BRING YOUR LEFT ARM ACROSS AND THEN TURN YOUR BODY A LITTLE BIT GOOD ARMS OUT THAT’S GREAT GIVE A LITTLE HUG HERE COME TOWARDS ME, A LITTLE SIDE STEP IT WILL GET TIGHT AGAIN FROM THE BACK AND THEN FORWARD OK? YEAH OK OK AND THEN IF YOU WOULD, JOANNE, JUST STOP BREATHING, DON’T BREATHE OR MOVE OK YOU CAN BREATHE OK LET ME JUST SEE HOW THAT’S

COMING UP THAT LOOKS GOOD OH, THAT’S PERFECT THAT’S JUST WHAT WE NEED >> GREAT >> OK WE’RE ALL DONE >> THE POSITIONS AREN’T ALL THAT UNCOMFORTABLE AND THE MACHINE IS NOT AS COLD AS THE OLD ONES USED TO BE THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE FOUR PICTURES >> ALL RIGHT SO WE’LL BE SENDING YOU A LETTER IN THE MAIL AND WE’LL SEND A REPORT TO YOUR DOCTOR >> OK GOOD >> IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO FOR YOU TODAY? >> I DON’T THINK SO THAT’S IT >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU SEE YOU NEXT YEAR >> TO HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND MAMMOGRAMS, DR. MARY BETH GONYO IS HERE, THE BREAST IMAGING SECTION CHIEF AND RADIOLOGIST AT FROEDTERT HOSPITAL AND THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN WELCOME >> THANK YOU >> FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY THAT MY MAMMOGRAM WAS CLEAR AND I’M HAPPY ABOUT THAT, BUT MANY WOMEN WHO ARE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE IMAGES, WHAT DO YOU SEE? >> WE LOOK AT A NUMBER OF THINGS WHEN WE LOOK AT A MAMMOGRAM WE’RE LOOKING AT THE PATTERN OF THE BREAST TISCH — TISSUE AND EVERY WOMAN HAS A DIFFERENT PATTERN AND THAT’S THE AREAS OF WHITE AND GRAY YOU SEE ON THE PICTURES SOME OF THE PATTERN OR DENSITY HAS TO DO WITH OUR BREAST SIZE, SOME OF IT HAS TO DO WITH OUR AGE, SOME OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE AMOUNT OF BODY FAT WE HAVE BUT A LOT OF IT IS JUST SORT OF HOW YOU’RE WIRED AND HOW YOU WERE MADE AND EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN PATTERN >> WITH ALL THOSE VARIABLES, HOW CAN YOU TELL WHAT’S NORMAL AND WHAT’S NOT? >> IT’S REALLY HELPFUL, THE FIRST MAMMOGRAM THAT A WOMAN HAS, THEIR BASELINE EXAM CAN BE REALLY DIFFICULT TO LOOK AT SOMETIMES, BECAUSE YOU’RE JUST SORT OF GETTING TO KNOW WHAT’S THE NORMAL PATTERN FOR THAT WOMAN, AND THAT IT REALLY IS HELPFUL WHEN WE HAVE A SERIES OF MAMMOGRAMS TO LOOK AT SO WHEN A WOMAN COMES IN EVERY YEAR, WE’LL BRING UP HER OLDER STUDIES, WE’LL COMPARE IT TO THOSE EXAMS, AND WHAT’S A BIG HELP IS LOOKING TO SEE HAS THERE BEEN ANY CHANGE IN THE PATTERN OF THAT BREAST TISSUE THEN WE LOOK FOR THINGS LIKE MASSES, WHICH ARE YOU CAN THINK OF IT AS LIKE A LITTLE BALL OR A LITTLE MARBLE THAT WE CAN SEE ON BOTH VIEWS AND THEN FINALLY, WE ALSO LOOK FOR CALCIFICATIONS IN THE BREAST, WHICH CAN BE A SIGN OF A VERY EARLY FORM OF BREAST CANCER, CALLED DUCTAL CARCINOMA >> HOW OFTEN DO THE CHANGES OCCUR, DO THEY HAPPEN WITHIN THE YEAR SINCE YOU HAD YOUR MAMMOGRAM? >> IT CAN SOMETIMES THERE CAN BE VERY SUBTLE CHANGES THAT OCCUR FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT AND THAT’S WHY ME AS A RADIOLOGIST, MY COLLEAGUES, BREAST SURGEONS, AND OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS REALLY RECOMMEND THAT WE DO MAMMOGRAPHY EVERY YEAR, BECAUSE THERE CAN BE CHANGES WITHIN THAT 12 MONTHS >> EVERY YEAR STARTING AT WHAT AGE? >> 40 THERE ARE SOME WOMEN WHO IT MAY BE A GOOD IDEA THAT THEY START THEIR MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING EARLIER AND THOSE ARE WOMEN WHO MAY HAVE A LITTLE STRONGER FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER, OR SOME OTHER SYNDROMES OR CONDITIONS >> YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GET IT DONE, IT’S THE WOMAN AND HER RESULTS, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE FAMILY, SHOULD THEY KNOW YOU’RE HAVING A MAMMOGRAM, SHOULD THEY KNOW WHAT THE RESULTS ARE, SHOULD YOU SHIRE THE INFORMATION? >> I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA, I THINK INFORMATION AND PASSING THAT INFORMATION ALONG IS HELPFUL WHEN YOU GO IN AND HAVE AN EXAM DONE OR YOU HAVE A BIOPSY DONE, SAY, IF IT WOULD COME TO THAT, IT’S GREAT TO SHARE THAT INFORMATION WITH YOUR DAUGHTERS, AN EVEN YOUR SONS, TO LET THEM KNOW, THIS IS WHAT’S GOING ON IN MY LIFE, THIS IS WHAT MY HISTORY IS, THIS IS WHAT THE BIOPSY SHOWED, IF IT’S BENIGN, WONDERFUL, IF IT’S NOT, THEN THEY NEED TO HAVE THAT PIECE OF INFORMATION, SO THAT — HISTORY IS PASSED DOWN >> HOW EARLY CAN YOU DETECT SOMETHING IN A MAMMOGRAM, HOW SMALL CAN IT BE THAT YOU KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD CHECK? >> YEAH SOMETIMES IT CAN BE VERY, VERY SUBTLE, AND WE MAY SEE JUST AN AREA THAT LOOKS JUST A LITTLE BIT WHITER OR DENSER AS COMPARED TO THE YEAR BEFORE SOMETIMES WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT ARE FINE, FINE LITTLE GRAINS OF CALCIFICATIONS THEY’RE REALLY THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF SALT AND WE’RE LOOKING FOR LITTLE GROUPINGS OF THOSE IN THE BREAST WE HAVE SPECIAL MONITORS THAT WE USE, WE MAGNIFY THOSE PICTURES THAT GIVES US HELP IN FINDING THOSE >> NOW, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING AND IT’S NOT BENIGN, AND YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE, WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP? >> REALLY, I KNOW, LOOKING AT AN ABNORMALITY ON A MAMMOGRAM, MANY TIMES WE CAN SAY WHAT IT IS WE CAN SAY, YOU KNOW, THIS REALLY CONCERNS ME AND THIS COULD BE A BREAST CANCER, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW THAT FOR CERTAIN UNTIL YOU TAKE A BIOPSY OF IT, AND THAT’S REALLY THE NEXT STEP IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S SEEN WELL BY MAMMOGRAM, WE’LL USE MAMMOGRAPHY TO GUIDE OUR WAY TO DO THAT BIOPSY IF IT’S SEEN WELL IN, SAY, A

MASS, WE CAN ALSO DO ULTRASOUND TO FIND THAT AND GUIDE OUR WAY TO FIND IT >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME >> ANOTHER LINE OF DEFENSE IS BREAST SELF-EXAM, IT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL LEARN THE WOMEN WHO CAME OUT ON A COLD SATURDAY MORNING IN EASTABROOK PARK FOR SISTER STRUT FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, LEARNED VALUABLE LESSONS ON HOW TO SAVE THEIR LIVES BONNIE ANDERSON HELPED TEACH BREAST SELF-EXAMS, SHE BELIEVED HAD SHE NOT KNOWN HOW TO DO HER OWN 23 YEARS AGO, SHE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY >> I WAS VERY, VERY FORTUNATE I FOUND MY OWN LUMP THERE ARE ORGANIZATION INS — ORGANIZATIONS, UNITED CANCER TASK FORCE AND SAID WOMEN SHOULDN’T DO THEIR OWN BREAST EXAMS YES, THEY SHOULD I IF I HAD NOT CHECKED MYSELF, I WOULD NOT HAVE FOUND IT THE FIRST TIME YOU DO IT, YOU’RE GETTING TO KNOW YOUR BODY BUT YOU’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR DIFFERENCES YOU’RE NEVER REALLY LOOKING FOR A LUMP YOU’RE NOT DIGGING FOR CANCER, YOU KNOW, YOU ACTUALLY ARE LOOKING TO SEE THE CHANGES IN YOUR BODY AND I WOULD RECOMMEND WOMEN DO IT EVERY MONTH IF YOU HAVE A PERIOD, TEN DAYS AFTER YOUR PERIOD, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PERIOD, THEN PICK THE FIRST OF THE MONTH, THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK COMES, WHATEVER DO IT CONSISTENTLY ONCE A MONTH YOU WANT TO THINK OF YOUR BREASTS IN QUARTERS, ALL THE WAY FROM THE MIDDLE OF YOUR NECK, BY YOUR CLAVICLE, ALL THE WAY DOWN, MID BREAST, AND THEN ALL THE WAY UNDERNEATH ALL OF THIS BREAST TISSUE WHEN YOU’RE CHECKING YOUR BREAST, YOU WANT TO CHECK THEM WITH THE PADS OF YOUR THREE FINGERS AND AS YOU’RE CHECKING THEM, YOU CAN GO UP AND DOWN, YOU CAN GO AROUND, YOU CAN GO WHATEVER IS COMFORTABLE TO YOU, SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, YOU CAN GET STARTED IN THE MIDDLE AND WHEN YOU’RE CHECKING YOUR BREAST, YOU DON’T WANT TO JUMP AROUND YOU WANT TO STAY PRETTY SOLID IN THE BREAST YOU MAKE A GENTLE CIRCLE, A LITTLE BIT DEEPER CIRCLE, AND THEN YOU GO A LITTLE BIT DEEPER AND IT’S NOT UNCOMFORTABLE IT DOES NOT HURT, BUT YOU GO DEEP ENOUGH SO THAT IF THERE IS SOMETHING THERE, YOU WANT TO FIND IT THE REASON YOU’RE CHECKING YOUR BREAST IS NOT TO LOOK FOR LUMPS YOU’RE CHECKING FOR CHANGES IN YOUR BREAST WHAT HAPPENS SOMETIMES, MOST WOMEN HAVE LUMPY BREASTS, BUT WITH YOU’RE CHECKING YOUR BREAST, AND IF YOU STAY AROUND, YOU GET TO KNOW IF YOU’RE DOING THIS ONCE A MONTH, YOU GET TO FOE WHAT YOUR BREAST TISSUE FEELS LIKE >> JOINING US NOW IS PHYLLIS HOLDER FROM SISTERS 4 CURE YOU USED TO BE CALLED THE SISTERS NETWORK AND NOW IT’S SISTER4CURE, BUT YOU HAVE SISTER4CURE BEFORE WHAT’S THE HISTORY? >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE AS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR, WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED IN 2005, IT BECAME VERY IMPORTANT TO ME TO REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY I FOUND OUT THINGS THAT HAVE BECOME A PERSONAL MISSION OF MINE, AND SO I, ALONG WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS, WOULD GO TO DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS IN THE COMMUNITIES AND HARASS WOMEN ABOUT HAVING THEIR SCREENINGS DONE AND YOU KNOW, AND PROVIDE INFORMATION ON BREAST CANCER AND JUST TALK TO WHOEVER WOULD LISTEN TO US, AND WE WERE SISTERS4CURE AND A FRIEND OF MINE HAD STARTED A WEB SITE FOR ME AND WE’VE REALLY, REALLY THOUGHT THAT WE WERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE AS SISTERS4CURE, WHICH WE WERE, BECAUSE WE WERE PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY, IN THE TAVERN OR IN THE CHURCH OR WHEREVER WE WERE, AND I WENT TO A CONFERENCE AND I SAW SOME SISTERS WHO BELONGED TO THE SISTERS NETWORK, A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION, AND I WAS JUST INFATUATED AND I HAD TO BELONG TO THAT TOO >> OK I CAN SEE YOU GOING IN TO A CHURCH OR A COMMUNITY GROUP, BUT IN A TAVERN, WHAT DID YOU DO? >> YES WE WOULD GO AFTER THEY FINISHED THEIR LINE DANCE EXERCISING AND TALK TO THE WOMEN OR GET ON THE BAR STOOL NEXT TO THEM AND TALK TO THEM AS WELL AND WE SOLD T-SHIRTS TO SUSTAIN OUR EFFORT, AND THAT’S WHERE WE WOULD FIND THE MOST VULNERABLE AND THOSE WHO MAYBE HAD OTHER PRIORITIES THAT WE NEEDED TO SPEAK TO THEM ABOUT >> SINCE YOU STARTED DOING THIS, HAVE YOU CHANGED THE FOCUS, HAVE YOU CHANGED THE DIRECTION YOU WANT TO TAKE? >> RIGHT WHILE THIS CORE GROUP OF LADIES, ALSO BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AND THOSE WHO LOVE US, WE WERE SISTERS NETWORK, WE WERE FOCUSED ON OUR COMMUNITY, WHAT MILWAUKEE NEEDED WHEN WE JOINED THE SISTERS NETWORK, WE HAD A NATIONAL MISSION STATEMENT THAT WE HAD TO FOLLOW AND SO IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT WE NEEDED TO COME BACK TO OUR HEART AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY WITH THE SPECIFIC NEEDS THAT WE KNEW WE WERE MISSING OUT ON WE WERE MISSING OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS PART OF OUR MISSION >> CHILDREN, DEALING WITH BREAST CANCER? >> RIGHT WHAT WE DO IS OFFER EVIDENCE, AS SISTERS 4 CURE, WE OFFER EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE LIFESTYLES AND MIND

SETS AND SO THIS IS AGAINST BREAST CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES, BE IT PHYSICAL OR MENTAL WE’RE STARTING ON THE FRONT END WE BELIEVE IN SCREENINGS, WE BELIEVE IN PREVENTIVE HEALTH, BUT WE’RE LOOKING AT PREVENTING WHAT YOU CAN DO ALONG WITH THAT ONCE A YEAR OR WHENEVER YOU THINK ABOUT IT, SELF-BREAST EXAM OR CLINICAL BREAST EXAM, WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR MINDS AND OUR BEHAVIOR, AND THAT’S WHAT WE WORK ON WE ARE WORKING AT THE ROOT AND IT’S A TRIFOLD APPROACH A TRIFOLD CORD IS NOT EASILY BROKEN, SO WE HAVE THREE PRONGS TO OUR MISSION, THAT WE PUT FORTH AND WE WANT TO CHANGE HEARTS AND MINDS ABOUT HOW WE VIEW BREAST CANCER AND OUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY >> AND YOUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY TOO, I WOULD THINK? >> ABSOLUTELY SO, FOR EXAMPLE, INTERGENERATIONAL CHANGE, WE CURRENTLY HAVE SUPPORT GROUPS AND WE CALL THEM GATHERINGS THAT OCCUR AT THE DANIEL MURDOCK BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ON 35th AND HAMPTON, AND WITH THAT PARTNERSHIP, WE HAVE IN-ROAD TO YOUNG FOLKS, AND WE WANT TO TEACH OUR YOUNG FOLKS WHAT THEY MIGHT — LIFE LESSONS, SO THEY ARE WELCOME AND HAVE JOINED US OVER TIME IN THE SUPPORT GROUPS TO LEARN ABOUT DIET, EXERCISE, AND MINDSET CHANGES >> SO IF PEOPLE WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND FIND OUT MORE, WHAT DO THEY DO? >> THEY CAN GO ON LINE TO SISTERS4CURE.ORG ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, WE HAVE A PRESENCE ON BOTH, AND THEY CAN SEEK ME OUT PERSONALLY I’M OUT AND ABOUT AND SO MY PHONE NUMBER ISN’T PRIVATE I CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE >> ALL RIGHT WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH I’M GLAD YOU CAME HERE TO JOIN US TODAY >> OH, THANK YOU >> MANY OF THE PEOPLE WE’VE SEEN ON THE FOREFRONT OF THE BREAST CANCER BATTLE ARE SURVIVORS THEY’RE SUPPORTED BY THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND CAREGIVERS AND THAT INCLUDES THE MEN IN THEIR LIVES FORMER GREEN BAY PACKERS LINEBACKER GEORGE KOONCE WAS A CAREGIVER TO HIS FIRST WIFE TANESHA WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST THOUGHT WHEN YOU FOUND OUT THAT SHE HAD BREAST CANCER? >> I WAS DEVASTATED, YOU KNOW, TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE 35 YEARS OLD, YOU’RE SIX MONTHS PREGNANT AND YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER STAGE 4 I WAS TOTALLY DEVASTATED NO FAMILY HISTORY, I DON’T HAVE ANY HISTORY OF CANCER IN MY FAMILY, SHE DIDN’T HAVE ANY HISTORY OF CANCER IN HER FAMILY, SO I WAS TOTALLY TAKEN OFF GUARD BY THE WHOLE DIAGNOSIS >> WHAT DID YOU DO FIRST? FIRST OF ALL, YOU SAID — WHAT DID YOU DO FIRST? >> WELL, I CALLED MY MOM, BECAUSE TANESHA WENT FOR A ROUTINE DOCTOR VISIT WITH HER MOM, AND THEY WERE TOLD THAT SHE HAD STAGE 4 BREAST CANCER AND WHEN SHE CALLED ME AND GAVE ME THE NEWS, ALL I COULD DO — BASICALLY, I DROPPED THE PHONE I WAS JUST DEVASTATED, CALLED MY MOM, I WAS SOBBING, CRYING, TRYING TO HOLD MYSELF TOGETHER BECAUSE I WANTED TO BE STRONG FOR TANESHA AND OUR DAUGHTER, WHO WAS PROBABLY SIX, SEVEN YEARS OLD AT THE TIME >> THEN YOU BECAME A CAREGIVER >> RIGHT >> WHAT DID THAT ENTAIL, WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO DO? >> IT WAS A BIG TIME COMMITMENT YOU KNOW, WE LIVED ABOUT 1200 MILES FROM OUR HOMETOWN, SO WE DIDN’T REALLY HAVE A FAMILY TO LEAN ON, BUT I WAS VERY, VERY FORTUNATE TO BE HERE IN MILWAUKEE, WITH SOME GREAT INDIVIDUALS, I KNOW MISSER MA DANIELS, HER HUSBAND, JOHN DANIELS WAS VERY VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING ME TO KEEP THE FAMILY TOGETHER I WAS AT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, THEY WERE VERY, VERY UNDERSTANDING OF MY SITUATION, I WAS ABLE TO — THEY ALLOWED ME TO TAKE TANESHA TO SLOAN KETTERING, A CANCER CENTER IN MANHATTAN, TRYING TO FIND A CURE FOR MY LATE WIFE >> GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT A DAY WAS LIKE, WHEN YOU AND SHE WERE DEALING WITH THIS >> RIGHT I HAD A LOT ON MY PLATE I WAS TRYING TO RAISE MONEY FOR MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, SO I WOULD TAKE MY DAUGHTER TO SCHOOL, YOU KNOW, SO WE WOULD LEAVE THE HOUSE AROUND 6:00 A.M., TAKE MY DAUGHTER, DROP MY LITTLE BOY OFF AT DAY CARE, COME CHECK ON TANESHA AROUND NOON, SOMETIMES SHE HAD DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS, MARQUETTE WAS GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO LET ME TAKE HER TO HER APPOINTMENTS TO GET HER CHEMO, HER RADIATION AND WHEN SHE CAME HOME AFTER THOSE TREATMENTS, SHE WOULD BE COMPLETELY WIPED OUT, SO I WOULD GO PICK UP MY DAUGHTER FROM SCHOOL, SO IT WAS VERY, VERY TOUGH ON ME

THEN AT THE TIME I WAS IN SCHOOL TRYING TO RECEIVE A Ph.D. FROM MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, SO I WAS IN CLASS FROM 5:00 P.M. TO 8:00 P.M. AND I WAS ABLE TO DO THAT FOR THREE YEARS, AND IT WAS TOUGH >> THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THIS TOO, AND OTHER MEN WHO ARE DOING THIS TOO WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE THEM? >> THEY HAVE TO SEEK OUT RESOURCES THEY NEED TO MAYBE — I KNOW, I WENT THROUGH SOME GRIEF COUNSELING BEFORE TANESHA ACTUALLY PASSED AWAY MAYBE MIGHT WANT TO DO IT, YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAD A LOVED ONE TO EVENTUALLY PASS AWAY, YOU MAY DO IT A DIFFERENT WAY, BUT I FELT LIKE IT WAS BEST FOR ME, BECAUSE I HAVE SO MUCH COMING TOWARDS ME, A LOT FOR ME AT THE TIME, SO THEY HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS IN TOWN, PLEASE LEAN ON THEM TO HELP THEM BECAUSE YOU REALLY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, BECAUSE IT’S A HUGE TIME COMMITMENT, TAKING CARE OF A LOVED ONE >> WHAT DID THE — YOUR MEN FRIENDS SAY, WHAT DID YOUR FORMER PACKER TEAMMATES SAY WHEN THEY KNEW YOU WERE DOING THIS, WHAT DID THEY SAY TO YOU? >> THEY WOULD ASK ME, LIKE A GILBERT BROWN OR SAN TAN DOTSON OR DEREK MAYS WOULD CONSTANTLY ASK ME HOW WAS I DOING, BECAUSE THEY KNEW I WAS GOING THROUGH A LOT OF PAIN THERE’S A LOT OF PAIN WATCHING SOMEONE GO THROUGH A SITUATION LIKE THAT YOU TAKE TANESHA, 35 YEARS OLD, BEING DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4 BREAST CANCER, SEEING HER, YOU KNOW, DETERIORATE RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES WAS VERY, VERY DEVASTATING FOR ME >> BUT YOU DIDN’T WALK AWAY? >> NO, I DIDN’T WALK AWAY IT WAS THE MOST GRATIFYING THING I’VE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE, TO BE THERE WITH TANESHA THROUGHOUT A VERY, VERY TOUGH ORDEAL AND SHE LOST HER FIGHT OF CANCER BACK IN 2009 PROBABLY A COUPLE DAYS AGO, OCTOBER 7, FIVE YEARS, BUT IT STILL STINGS IT STILL HURTS, BUT EACH DAY HAS GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER, SO I WOULD TELL ANY OTHER MEN OUT THERE, JUST STAY STRONG, FIND THOSE RESOURCES, GET SOME COUNSELING IF YOU NEED TO AND LEAN ON YOUR FAMILY >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU VERY MUCH EARLY DETECTION, EARLY TREATMENT AND SUPPORT FROM THOSE AROUND US CAN MAKE SURE WE CELEBRATE AS MANY BIRTHDAYS AS WE CAN AND THAT’S OUR PROGRAM FOR THIS WEEK FOR “BLACK NOUVEAU,” I’M JOANNE WILLIAMS THANKS FOR WATCHING