Story: Joan Treviño Lawhon, Latina Cancer Survivor


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Joan storyJoan Treviño Lawhon of San Antonio had a choice: let breast cancer take over, or fight to survive.

“Within an hour of my diagnosis, I was at Barnes & Noble buying layman’s books on breast cancer. We can freeze and let the disease consume us, or we can fight. My choice was to fight. I was going to make sure my choice was an informed one.”

She highlighted passages in her books and wrote down  questions to ask her doctors. She leaned on her faith and her family when she had to have surgery.

Now she is a survivor.

“Now if people see me in a low-cut gown, I love hearing them say, ‘You don’t look like you had cancer,’ because they are right. I had cancer. And I thank God for those beautiful words.”

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of Latinos remain without health insurance coverage

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