Despite Her Chemo Treatments, Shannon's Smile Still Lights Up A Room
TULSA, Oklahoma - Over the last few weeks, I've featured women who have battled breast cancer and won. In this story, I want you to meet a woman who's right in the middle of her fight using every weapon to help her become a survivor.
"Alright Shannon, this is your anti-nausea medicine. It's my favorite medicine. It's the best medicine," nurse talking with Shannon Taylor.
Thirty-five year old Shannon Turner is in for her last big chemotherapy treatment. Three months ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After surgery, came chemo and within a short time, hair loss, one of the hardest parts of the journey. At first, it didn't really bother her but for her 4 children, it was hard to comprehend.
"My 5-year-old daughter who is innocent and doesn't really understand what we're going through, she needed her mommy to have hair. That bothered me a lot 'cause she was starting school, starting a new school and I didn't look like the other mommies but since then she told me that because I didn't have hair, now she likes my smile most of all," said Shannon Turner.
And it's a smile that lights up a room, even the treatment room.
According to her family, Shannon is a strong, independent woman who has won't let cancer rule her life.
"The way Shannon is, she likes to gravitate to her role. When she can be the mom, she wants to be the mom. You know, running kids to school, you name it. She wants to be a provider to her kids and to me as her husband so she won't let it get her down for very long at all," said Darren Turner, Shannon's husband.
Family is important to Shannon; even her brother is there at a moment's notice.
"As a brother, especially as a big brother, you always want to battle for your little sister. Does that make sense? You always want to fight her battles for her and obviously this is one I cannot fight for her. The only thing I can really do now is just do everything that she needs help with," said Kenny Finley.
And that's to help in organizing and supporting Team Shannon, the group of family and friends who are signing up to race in her honor. Shannon says being there in a pink shirt, will help in the healing.
"I can't wait to be part of that family of survivors and warriors for the cause," said Shannon Turner.
But it's her immediate family, her children Garrett, Ethan, Sophia and Ella who give her reason to go on.
"I've asked them to sacrifice a whole lot for me, but not one time do they complain, without my family I think that I would be in a far difference place emotionally, a far different place physically. They're the best!" said Shannon Turner.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is coming up Saturday September 15th at OneOk Field. Shannon and her family and friends are ready to participate in the race. You too can start your own team or you can join my team.