100 Years, 100 Stories
Video: As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we want to share the story of a brave MCC employee who is now proud to call herself a survivor.
Lindsey Jones works in the financial aid department at Metropolitan Community College. She has been working at MCC since 2004.
Before Lindsey was an employee, she was an MCC student. After serving in the US Navy, Lindsey enrolled in MCC- Blue River and earned an Associate of Arts Degree.
“Going back to school as an adult was frightening at first, I had been in the Navy for six years and out of high school for ten so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I loved school. Dennis Lowden was my Philosophy instructor, and he was the most interesting and amazing man I have met. I took every single philosophy class I could, each one fascinating due to the nature of classroom discussion,” said Lindsey.
When Lindsey chose to attend MCC ten years ago, she never thought she would consider her colleagues family. But today, she is more thankful than ever to work with her MCC co-workers.
“I don’t know what I would have done without my coworkers. They came out to the house to bring me food and to visit with me during my recovery. Someone was there every other day visiting me. I had so many well-wishers. I had so much support I wouldn’t think I could have outside of a literal family. I think that touches me more than anything,” said Lindsey.
Lindsey was using her MCC employee benefits to receive a check-up at the Wellness Center when the medical professionals noticed something unusual.
“She listened to my concerns. She sent me for a diagnostic mammogram and found cancer in my right breast. They found an additional rare mutation that I carry that causes cancer called Li–Fraumeni syndrome” explained Lindsey.
Lindsey received her diagnosis just months after losing her mother to a rare stomach cancer.
“It goes beyond thankful that they caught it at such an early stage. I did not have to go through chemotherapy. Here I am 11 months and 9 surgeries later, and it has been heck of a year,” said Lindsey.
She is now spending time with her daughter who is 11 years old. They are trying to make up for the missed moments replaced by so many doctor and hospital visits. She is also spending time with her fiancé and his 14 year old son. While she is enjoying family time, she is so thankful she works at MCC and received the important benefits that help manager her health.
Lindsey hopes her story reminds co-workers to take care of their health. She now spends a lot of time researching breast cancer and looks to the American Cancer Society for statistics.
“In 2013 an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were reported. 62,570 new cases of non-invasive were documented and 40,000 deaths from breast cancer occurred. There are almost four times as many cases of invasive breast cancer and to me that means that only 1 in 5 are catching breast cancer early,” explained Lindsey. She wants everyone to pay attention to their health and receive those annual check-ups.