August Survivor Spotlight: Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones is a devoted volunteer who served on the Komen Central Georgia Board of Directors for 6 years, and continues to volunteer at health fairs throughout the year. She is a 13-year breast cancer survivor and Hero, and that is why she is our Survivor Spotlight for the month of August!
Q: Tell me a little about yourself:
Sarah: I am the youngest of 5 children and the only girl. I grew up in Tennessee and Mississippi and went to college in Mississippi where I was a Kappa Delta. I married and had 3 children 2 daughters and 1 son; I also have 6 beautiful grandbabies and 1 great granddaughter. I really enjoy traveling. In addition to spending eleven years traveling from Maine to Key West to California because of the Navy, I have also been to many places around the world including Estonia and Albania. I moved to Macon in 1971 and have been living here permanently ever since. I worked as an elementary educator and my favorite grade to teach was 3rd. More specifically, I really enjoyed teaching social studies.
Q: Tell us about your breast cancer journey:
Sarah: I found my breast cancer during a routine screening check here in Macon in 2002, and I took it with a grain of salt. I treated it with chemotherapy and did not have to have any radiation. I also opted to have the surgery. I told the doctors to take it all.
Q: What do you want people to know?
Sarah: This is a hard one because I think it depends on who it is, but my overall message to everybody would be — today is the present, and you should live it to its fullest. You don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring. Start the day by saying good morning Lord; not good lord it’s morning!
Q: How has Komen affected your life?
Sarah: Komen gives me the opportunity to go out and help people who truly need the education and knowledge. I served on the Komen Central Georgia Board of Directors for 6 years and have continued to volunteer for the past 6 or 7 years. I really enjoy working the meaningful health fairs where you can tell the participants appreciate the education we are able to share. I am also leading the 2015 Bosom Buddies Race for the Cure team and have made great strides in my fundraising efforts that will help fund breast health services and education in our community!
Q: Who is your hero?
Sarah: Like Mrs. Fannie, my hero without a doubt would also be Susan Foster Ray. She was also a volunteer at Komen Central Georgia. She was phenomenal. She had chemo for eleven years and never let it phase her. Her attitude was beautiful and she handled her breast cancer with such strength.
Q: What inspires you?
Sarah: Seeing hard-working dedicated people who refuse to give up inspire me. People who have the “I can do it attitude.” I am also inspired by the love of life! There is a quote in the cancer center that I like to live by “Dead last finish beats did not finish beats did not start.”