Barbara Clements

Association: Family Member
Region: Pennsylvania
Cancer: Breast
Written by Megan Clements

"I never stopped advocating, and I never stopped speaking up for what Mom felt she couldn’t say."

On December 17th, 2016, I lost my Mom, Barbara, to breast cancer. Three weeks later to the day, I gave birth to my daughter, Mary Kate. She was my best friend and I miss her every single second of every single day, but the experience taught me to be an extremely strong person, daughter and mother. She was first diagnosed in January of 2015 and I remember having to take a moment for myself at the hospital and a lovely woman came in to check to see if I was OK. She helped me realize I would need to advocate for Mom because Mom was so scared of diagnoses and prognoses – and all doctors for that matter. From that point on I was a part of my Mom’s journey from start to finish. I never stopped advocating, and I never stopped speaking up for what Mom felt she couldn’t say. Over the next 2 years, Mom fought for her life and with my Dad, brother and I by her side to ask all of the questions to ensure that Mom received the most appropriate and realistic treatment possible. Do your research and never give up. I know so much about breast cancer because I researched, asked questions, and was there for my Mom to ask and do the things she felt she didn’t want to. Advocate for those you love. Make it a journey you spend together. I hope my story can help others advocate for their loved ones.