LaSonia was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 10, 2015, the day before her youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday.
“The news was absolutely devastating. For the first time in my life, I was dealing with something I felt I had no control over the outcome. I surrendered to God, as I knew only He knew how my story would turn out,” she said.
LaSonia is the youngest of 10 siblings, and there is no family history of breast cancer.
“I wanted to be a Survivor/Artist because I have had the opportunity to attend events facilitated by the WBCC and learn much about breast cancer research. WBCC keeps me abreast of the most recent findings in breast cancer research and things to come. WBCC is on the forefront of disseminating information to Wisconsin women about breast cancer. Education is so important to me, especially now as a breast cancer survivor, but also as the mother of two young daughters.”
She also values the artistic elements. “Since my breast cancer diagnosis, I have developed a passion for painting and creating things. I find art very relaxing and it provides me with an escape from everyday life. What better way to demonstrate my new passion, while raising awareness and funds to educate others about breast cancer?”
Since her diagnosis, LaSonia’s faith has deepened, and she has become more of a doer than a planner. “I am more of a doer, because I know tomorrow is not promised. I have to live in the present moment, creating a life that is meaningful for me and my loved ones.”
LaSonia now knows that, while getting breast cancer was not her fault, there are things she could have done to lower her risk, such as exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and other lifestyle improvements. “Now that I know better, I can do better as it relates to my daughters, and also encouraging others.”