Wellbeing Stories

How UD employees are taking action to be their best selves at work and at home. Stories of resilience, strength and perseverance collected here to inspire continued growth in the UD community. Share your story with us for consideration using the below form. 

 

Tell us about your Wellbeing Journey

Breast Cancer Survivor Stories

Breast Cancer Support Resources

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
Support groups and FAQs for people newly diagnosed

American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer
Screening guidelines, prevention tips and latest research

I was obsessed with doing my breast self-exams. I would do them daily vs monthly. When I found a weird, hard spot in the left breast in July 2016, I literally got out of the shower and asked my husband to feel it. It was definitely something I’d never felt before, but I let it go for about a month or so thinking it was related to the underwire in my bras. However, it stayed in my mind like, “this doesn’t feel right.” In September, to ease my mind, I went to my OBGYN and he was adamant that “there’s nothing to worry about, African-Americans have lumpy breasts.” He was hesitant to order additional testing, but to appease me, he went ahead and ordered a couple of tests (mammogram and ultrasound). I’m so thankful that he reluctantly did so! I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in October of that year… Continue Reading    

Alvita D. Kelly

Manager Verification & Assessment, DIEEC DE Stars Program

“I went in February 2017 for my first mammogram because I was 40 years old and that’s what you do. I got a call a few days later and they said, ‘We just want to look at it again.’ I ended up going for multiple biopsies. I went through a stereo X-ray, a guided biopsy, an ultrasound-guided biopsy and an MRI-guided biopsy. I had five growths in my right breast. No symptoms, no idea, no clue, no pain.

I’m a dietitian and a yoga instructor. I didn’t think I would end up with this. It’s like I won the breast cancer lottery… Continue Reading

Jen Muzzi

Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, Employee Health and Wellbeing