Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles about Ford’s own Warriors in Pink. We will present their struggles, bravery and perseverance in an effort to be a catalyst for breast cancer awareness. These are their stories, in their own words. “Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.” -Karl Von Clausewitz
DEARBORN - Linda Pond, business analyst, ITSM, Information Technology, is a fighter by nature. She is always upbeat, smiling and getting the best out of life. All of these wonderful attributes would be put to the test when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2012.
“Breast cancer was found through a mammogram,” she says. “The doctors couldn’t feel it and I couldn’t feel it through self-examination. The good news was that it was in stage 0 (very early), however, it moved to stage 1 pretty quickly.”
Pond describes her journey as one with a lot of twists and turns. Things changed rapidly and she was always clear that she would be making a lot of decisions on her own terms.
She is grateful that she works for a company that allows their employees to take charge of their health and choose the care that they will receive. She was not happy with her first oncologist, so she moved on for a second opinion.
“I needed to have someone who had empathy, not a person who was nonchalant about what I was going through. Since I am a business analyst by profession, it only made sense that I would be hands on, which of course meant, asking a lot of questions. My new oncologist allowed me to be a part of the process and to be a part of making those hard decisions.”
Pond took her disease by the horns and made an effort to stay healthy so that she could so that she could conquer anything that was thrown at her.
“I did yoga, walking and bike riding in order to stay active. I also adopted a healthy diet that I have continued even after my cancer went into remission. When I couldn’t sleep at night…Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Say Yes To the Dress were my friends.”
She gets her strength from her husband, her network of friends and from all the support that people offer.
“I would highly suggest that employees reach out to people to create their own support system,” she says. “Having so much support was overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to reach out! People will cheer you on. It makes you want to fight and to be a survivor.”
In addition to her network, her husband, big brother and neighbors are there for her to laugh and cry with.
Our hats go off to another warrior … who goes further by having strength, courage and a positive outlook.