Lorraine Hersey

All her life, Lorraine has been a hard worker. Working at a psychologist’s office, she understands the power of encouragement.

Lorraine had first battled breast cancer in 1992 at the age of 45. This past April, Lorraine noticed something was wrong again.  At first, she thought nothing of it and continued living her best life. Unfortunately, a sore began to surface and she was forced to see her doctor right away.

Lorraine was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and her doctor told her she needed surgery immediately.

In May of this year, Lorraine had surgery and 6 weeks of radiation to follow; however, Lorraine stayed hopeful.

“Personally, I beat it once – hoping I can do it again!” she said.

Lorraine says her biggest accomplishment throughout both of her journeys has been the ability to keep going and moving forward. Her determined attitude for life keeps her grounded. Lorraine found it better to stay busy than to spend time dwelling on the negative circumstances.

Lorraine sets goals and doesn’t stop until she reaches them. This spring, she looks forward to seeing her new grandchild and “staying cancer free!”

“[Life] can be hard sometimes; you can get depressed,” she said. “But it’s better to have a positive attitude and know you are going to beat it.”

Lorraine advises everyone to reexamine their diet and exercise. For Lorraine, she found a vegetarian diet and no sugar made a big difference. While one should speak to a doctor first, Lorraine thinks “diets are overlooked too much.” She recognizes it can be difficult making the switch but says it’s “definitely worth it!”

Throughout Lorraine’s journey with breast cancer, she couldn’t have done it without some help. She explains “my boss has been very supportive, allowing me to take time off when needed”. Lorraine’s family and friends have been a big part of her journey as well. Through thick and thin, Lorraine is beyond grateful for their endless support.

Lorraine is also incredibly thankful for Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington’s Treatment Access Program, which she utilized during her treatment. She would travel 86 miles a day for six weeks of radiation, not including the travel for doctor visits so the assistance was much needed.

“I couldn’t work, so [the Treatment Access Program] lifted a lot of stress off my back. I really do appreciate the help,” Lorraine stated.