Jo Bivens

As a breast cancer survivor I am always promoting early detection. I lost a colleague to breast cancer, and at age 63 my oldest sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a lumpectomy and chemo, and radiation. Six months later she had it again, in the other breast and a different type. This time she had a mastectomy with no treatment. She faced her illness with courage and good humor. Five years later, at age 63 I also was diagnosed with it. Having gotten my annual mammograms religiously it was caught early. I underwent a mastectomy and six months of chemo. I looked back at my sister having been a great role model and went about my daily activities with a smile on my face and hope in my heart. I told my doctor I wanted to be the poster child! My grandmother made us sock monkeys as kids and so she is my inspiration for my bra. So don’t monkey around, get your mammogram!


“Don’t monkey around, get your mammogram!”