Survivor Feature Profiles by Melissa Karrer, Photography by Phillips Mitchell
In salute of Breast Cancer Awareness Month TOPS is proud to share the stories of 23 survivors.
Meet Peggy Barnes.
Finding a lump while in the shower in 2013 came as a shock for Peggy. She was taking care of her mother and father so receiving a cancer diagnosis was a lot to handle. She wanted to move forward with treatment and get it out ASAP. With the support of her husband, Joe and their son and daughter in law, Dustin and Nicole, she was able to fight. Peggy’s grandson Dalton, born in 2012, was a huge inspiration for her to win her battle.
Peggy also found strength in her faith in God. “I felt the thousands of prayers being lifted up on my behalf.” Being active in women’s groups and volunteering with Kentucky CancerLink (then Kentucky Pink Connection), Peggy felt like she had an advantage by knowing the ins and outs based on the work and support she’d been a part of that provided to thousands of Kentucky women. She also credits her husband, Joe, her Sunday School class as well as close friends Susette Redwine and Bridget Murphy as her biggest supporters.
Advice that she would like to give to others facing a cancer diagnosis is to not give up. “Keep doing whatever is necessary to regain your health so that you can be an inspiration to others.” She also notes that she’s learned the importance of slowing down. She encourages, “Slow down and realize that everyone is dealing with something and we should be more sensitive to those around us.”