The Kappa Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated invited students to their Celebration of Women’s Health event in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month and in support of overall good health for women.
This event took place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 4-6p.m. at the TMB auditorium. Each guest was given a pink or white bag labeled Early Detection is the Best Protection. There were tables on each side of the room that had either poster boards or booklets that had information on the importance of health.
A breast cancer survivor named Sandra Sudduth was the main speaker for the event. She discussed how important it is to get regular check-ups. She also talked about her struggle with cancer and how she never gave up on faith.
“I believe that God kept me here to give my testimony to other people to show people to take care of your body, do early protection and realize that a proactive and positive spirit is a must. If you have that positive spirit, I believe from my experience that it helps the body,” said Sudduth. “Be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness, and negativity; get those things out of the way, because all of those things put stress on the body. It takes your energy away and that can keep you from surviving, not from just breast cancer, for any type of illness. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.”
Sudduth’s speech had everyone’s attention, and she even made a few jokes that had everyone in the auditorium laughing.
“I was still telling my husband that I wasn’t able to work because I was still tired. I can’t move things, because I might hurt my arm. So he said, ‘When are you going to be able to vacuum and mop?’ I said, ‘Oh, maybe a few more years,'” she said.
She discussed of how she never stopped working when she had her first cancer. “I took chemo on Thursday and I came back to JSU to the Ramona Wood Building and talked. I had radiation, they worked with me. I would drive myself to Gadsden and came back,” she said.
“But do not overstress your body, keep going and get involved. God is the source of our strength, during the most difficult times in our lives.”
After the speech, students were allowed to visit tables that had information on health. The nutrition information was given by the JSU Nutrition Club. There was a secluded area where students were got the opportunity to get free mammograms.
The free breast exams were given by Krystal Spears, a nurse practitioner. Blood pressures and temperatures were checked by Natasha Williams and Denita Blanding, who are Deltas and JSU Nursing students.