Harjo shares breast cancer survival story during Pink Party

Harjo shares breast cancer survival story during Pink Party
(Darren DeLaune/Reporter) The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health held its 16th annual Pink Party to spread awareness on breast cancer at the Glenpool Convention Center, Oct. 30 in Glenpool, Oklahoma.

Keynote, guest speakers share stories and provide encouragement

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

GLENPOOL, Oklahoma — “Whenever I found out I had breast cancer, it was in 2014,” Muscogee (Creek) citizen Georgia Harjo said.

She said it was during the summer.

“I relied totally on faith,” Harjo said.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health 16th annual Pink Party was held Oct. 30 at the Glenpool Conference Center.

Harjo said she talked to her doctor and asked if she would pray with her.

“And we prayed,” she said. “It was a great feeling to have my physician to pray with me.”

Harjo said her support came from her family and friends.

“Church family and co-workers,” she said. “My co-workers at my place of employment were great.”

Harjo said a good support system can be a big help during this time of need.

“That means a whole lot,” she said. “It did in my life.”

She said her case was not as severe thanks to the early detection at the MCN Okmulgee Indian Healthcare Clinic.

“It was caught early,” Harjo said.

The keynote speaker was Laurie Flynn, who is the surgical director of the Leta M. Chapman Breast Center at the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She spoke on the risk factors for developing breast cancer.

“What I like to do is give you some information that you can take back to empower yourselves and to empower your friends and family,” Flynn said.

She said that in the news, people only hear the statistics that do not sound great.

“Today I would like to provide you with some information that can be encouraging,” Flynn said.

Flynn said breast cancer is the most common cancer that women can develop.

“As we increase in age, our risk of breast cancer goes up,” she said.

Harjo spoke about defeating breast cancer but made another announcement. At the end of her story she told the audience she was diagnosed with liver cancer.

“I would appreciate your prayers,” she said. “I have beat breast cancer, now I will beat this (liver cancer).”

An MCN press release stated over 600 people attended the event.

 

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