Shana CunninghamShana Cunningham

For 42-year-old Shana Cunningham, listening to her mother-in-law just might have saved her life.  When Shana turned 40, she celebrated by doing what her mother-in-law, Wallette suggested: Getting her first mammogram.  During her second mammogram at age 41, the radiologist at our Breast Health Center spotted something concerning on Shana's 3D mammogram and follow-up ultrasound.  Shana soon learned she had breast cancer with tumors in both breasts.  Shana had a lumpectomy on both sides, as well as a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation at the The Georgia Cancer Center.  A year later, Shana is a proud cancer survivor who takes every moment she can to share her mother-in-law's good advice, "The most important thing is to get your mammogram," Shana says.  "Early detection saved me.  Women need to take screenings seriously."

Chantiay Howard

In late 2004, Chantiay performed her monthly self check and found something out of the ordinary. After visiting the doctor, she received the horrible news, "You have breast cancer.”

With the support of family Chantiay was motivated to fight the disease. In April of 2005, she had surgery to remove the cancer, but still had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

After participating in Augusta University Health’s Breast Cancer Support Group, she felt more positive and ready to start the new chapter in her life.  She is a proud survivor of 10 years and advises all women, young or old, to “touch and feel the ta-tas…it can change your life forever!”



Alice ReeseAlice Reese

As a 14-year breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how scary medical tests and procedures can be. That's why I agreed to be a patient adviser. The advisory board played an integral role in the design of the new Breast Health Center. We provided critical input from the patient’s perspective on every aspect—from interior design to procedures. We were also able to create the first breast cancer support group at Augusta University. It's clear to me that Augusta University genuinely cares about the overall well being of the patient and family. They understand that there is more to health care than medicine and treatment. You can really see the difference patient-and family-centered care makes at Augusta University.