Sharing her story

14-year breast cancer survivor honored for volunteer efforts

Barbara Wayman was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 46 and is a 14-year survivor.

Barbara Wayman was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 46 and is a 14-year survivor. Submitted photo

— Wayman said the award was unexpected.

“I didn’t really think that I needed to get an award for doing something I think is the right thing to do. It’s nice to be honored for it and at times I do a lot of work for it, for sure, especially with the race,” said Wayman. “It’s an honor to be recognized for your efforts.”

Besides her bookwork, Wayman said it’s important to encourage other survivors to be supportive of one another and be open with their stories.

“People need to be their own advocate and talk to their sisters and coworkers and their neighbors and tell their own story because awareness is such a big thing,” said Wayman. “My cancer was found early … in education there is awareness.”

Telling her story over and over again and clocking so many volunteer hours has been therapeutic, said Wayman.

“I think it’s probably been healing for me. You go through all kinds of emotions when you get hit with cancer diagnosis … I think it’s important people know they can survive it, you just need to find it early,” said Wayman. “Get checked out. Don’t be afraid of the diagnosis … someday hopefully it’ll just be another type of disease you learn to live with.”

Wayman is looking forward to the Komen Race for the Cure NENY on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Albany.

“It’s a good feeling [race day]. I have my own team, we call it “Friends and family for the cure” … it just gives us a time to be together, a common goal and think about things that affect women mostly,” said Wayman, “It’s just another way of bringing the family together and friends together and doing something for the better good.”

The race is a good thing for breast cancer survivors or those struggling with the disease, said Wayman.

“The biggest thing that helped me was meeting other people who had gone through the same thing. Once you get a group like that and realize you’re not by yourself in this boat, I think it helps when you talk to other people who have been through the same thing,” said Wayman.

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