Wife of Chris Martin, retired J. Lohr Southern Division Sales Manager
Survivor since 2006
At the age of 53, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after having a mammogram. Because the tumor was too small to be palpable, the mammogram was essential to my survival.
Having cancer is truly a life-changing event; the journey from diagnosis through surgery and treatment was very scary and stressful, but the experience certainly helped me to arrange my priorities and to appreciate each new day.
Through having cancer, I realized that I wanted to spend more time learning new things. I also understood that I indeed had choices in how I spent my time, and that I could spend more of it in activities that I enjoyed, instead of focusing so much on work. Though I am still teaching several motivated piano students and performing on the piano, I am doing these things fewer hours a week, instead reallocating the many hours spent teaching and practicing into other activities that I am passionate about. I recently joined a book group, and I’ve been reading more than ever before! I also have begun taking classes in photography, a lifelong hobby that has turned into a complete obsession, and I’ve made an effort to travel to new places. Finally, on a more profound level, I have met and formed deep and satisfying friendships with many remarkable women who have been down the same path as I have. Fortunately, my prognosis is excellent, and since my treatment I have recovered well and am enjoying a full and rich life.
Research indicates that early detection and treatment are essential to combating breast cancer, and annual mammograms are often the first step toward confronting this disease. For every bottle of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc sold this year, we will donate $2 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. All proceeds will go toward providing mammograms for women in need.
For more information on breast cancer awareness, please visit nbcf.org