October-Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Invoked 25 years ago, October has been established as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote awareness about the disease and early detection in order to educate and and empower women. Diane Quartlebaum, a long-time client of Wellington Hair Spa, shares her story of being diagnosed and survival

Diane Quartelbaum is a story that inspires and educates. In January 1979, she went for a checkup and heard news that would make most hearts sink-she was diagnosed positive for breast cancer. One month later, full surgery was performed and she was on her way to recovery. At the time of her surgery, lupectomy was not available, so the only option was a mastectomy. With a relatively short healing period, she was back to work full-time 3 months later, and has been in remission ever since. No chemotherapy or radiation was necessary in her case and nor did she experience severe pain-she felt, understandably, very fortunate.

The big C, as it has been called, was a taboo subject at the time-people simply didn't want to discuss cancer. As someone who was affected by cancer, Diane wanted to share her experience, but the forum was not readily available over 30 years ago. When asked about her advice for young women of today, Ms. Quartlebaum insists that discussion is key to prevention.
"It is so important to discuss breast cancer, even in a social setting," she stated. "Just take five minutes to discuss health." Early detection is important as well, getting yearly exams and monthly self exams.

Recently honored by the Wildcats in Tempe, Arizona as a breast cancer survivor, Ms. Quartlebaum continues to be the face of inspiration and hope for women of all ages everywhere.

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Patrick Wellington
Wellington Hair Salon
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