It’s about more than pink ribbons

Art teacher Mrs. Peake took on breast cancer and won

Art teacher Mrs. Peake is a breast cancer survivor.

Jessica Johnson

Art teacher Mrs. Peake is a breast cancer survivor.

To Mrs. Peake, October isn’t just about pink ribbons and campaign slogans. It’s about survival.

On June 8th 2006, Peake received information that would forever change her life, her standing in the community, and her appearance.  The doctor told her she had breast cancer.

“I was shocked and in disbelief,” she said.

Peake says that her biggest crutch was her family, and most importantly, her children. Though she survived and is now cancer free, she still worries today about what would have happened if doctors had not caught the cancer in its early stages.

Peake said the ordeal and her struggles during cancer treatment really made her cherish her time on this earth.

There will be approximately 232,000 cases of breast cancer in females and 2,000 cases in males this year, according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. An estimated 39,620 females and 410 males will lose their lives to breast cancer this year, according to the health agency.

Women should begin receiving routine clinical breast exams at age 20, according to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.

Peake had to go through damaging amounts of chemotherapy, which resulted in her loss of her hair. However, lots of support and her mother being a survivor gave her the strength to get over these major obstacles.

When the grueling treatments were over and Peake found out she was cancer free, she felt stronger.

“I had finally beaten it,” she said.