Spreading messages of hope in cancer fight

Jamie Robinson (center), of McDonough, is battling breast cancer. She said she has gained strength in her fight from her sons, Cole (left) and Reed.

Jamie Robinson (center), of McDonough, is battling breast cancer. She said she has gained strength in her fight from her sons, Cole (left) and Reed.

Jamie Robinson, of McDonough, hopes to use her own experiences in dealing with breast cancer, to help others who are struggling with the disease.

“I want to be able to show them that even though I have been diagnosed three times, if they stay strong, they can beat breast cancer,” said Robinson. “I want them to know they can stay strong through the diagnosis, and through the treatment as well.”

Robinson, 39, was recently named “Ms. Face of Hope,” in a contest hosted by Southern Crescent Breast Specialists. The purpose of the endeavor is to mentor women who are newly diagnosed with the disease, said Susan Timbert, a registered nurse at the Jonesboro practice.

“We wanted to put a face with cancer, so that she could outreach to others, to inform newly diagnosed cancer patients that our community has resources that can help them,” said Timbert. “The nominations were given to us by physicians and different people that might have known these ladies.

“This wasn’t a popularity contest,” Timbert continued. “It had to be someone who could steer people into what the community has to offer for people with breast cancer. Jamie was chosen to get the word out that there is help in the area. Having cancer is hard, but getting help shouldn’t be.”

Robinson said the hardest part about being diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2006, was breaking the news to her two sons, Cole and Reed.

“I had found a lump a week prior to that,” she said. “My first thought was being scared, and my biggest fear was not being here to see my children grow. You hear the word cancer, and you automatically think you’re not going to survive. But, you’re trying to relay to them that you’re going to be OK, even in the midst of trying to believe that yourself.”

Robinson beat the cancer, only to be diagnosed with it again in June of 2009, and a third time in September of 2009. She has endured seven surgeries, two rounds of chemotherapy, and radiation.

Robinson said her sources of strength in facing the disease have been God, her husband, K.C., her children, family, friends and other breast-cancer survivors. She has faith that she will beat cancer once and for all.

That faith, said Robinson, has given her an opportunity to mentor women with breast cancer as Ms. Face of Hope.

“Since my last diagnosis, I had been praying for God to open a door for me to help others with breast cancer,” she said. “When I became nominated for it, I became more and more excited.”

Timbert said the Ms. Face of Hope’s platform serves to influence women with breast cancer, toward becoming future mentors themselves.

“This project is a way to get people motivated about becoming involved in American Cancer Society’s community support programs and resources,” she said. “If all cancers are cured, she will request to attend the American Cancer Society Corporate Office time capsule opening in Atlanta, and her title will change to ‘The Face of Prevention.’”

Robinson, as Ms. Face of Hope, will direct cancer patients into programs and services, such as American Cancer Society’s “Reach to Recovery,” “I Can Cope,” “Look Good Feel Better,” and “Road to Recovery” programs, Timbert said.