Alene Duerk is a true American pioneer. She shares the fascinating story of how she rose through the ranks, from registered nurse to becoming the nation’s first rear admiral. Now 94, she’s still as passionate and engaged as ever.
We love to tell the stories of cancer survivors, people who stare death in the face, beat it, then go on to live rich, fulfilling lives. But it doesn’t always happen that way. Meet a woman who died trying to get access to a life-saving vaccine.
Throughout Meg Gaffney’s battle with breast cancer, she’s marked milestones. But this may be the most important of them all — the first look in the mirror after her final reconstruction surgery.
Meg Gaffney goes under the knife for what she hopes is the final time in her recovery from breast cancer. The next step is a nipple tattoo — the first of its kind!
She’s gone under the knife, and now Meg Gaffney is looking forward to the needle! But finding the right tattoo artist to help her end her breast cancer battle has turned out to be tougher than she thought.
From the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Meg Gaffney was her own advocate. So it’s no surprise that she’s forging her own way with recovery and reconstruction; including a plan that even her doctor admits he’s never seen before.
Meg Gaffney surprised doctors and friends by rejecting chemotherapy, dropping out of radiation therapy after one treatment, and opting for a bilateral mastectomy. As a nurse and a patient, Meg is her own advocate, even moments before surgery.