Breast Cancer Survivor

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Name: Dianne Braud Bourque

Age: 66

Occupation: Retired

Family: The love of my life of 47 yrs., my husband, Vic, 3 daughters and their husbands, Penny and Darren Amedee, Peggy and Eric Villavaso, Paula and Chris Robert, 1 son and his wife, Vic Jr. and Sheryl, 12 angels, our grandchildren, Jacie, Jordan, Jolee, Britta, Tyler, Burke, Angelle, Danielle, Christopher, Gabrielle, Brittany and Braley

Diagnosis date: 3/18/1981

Long-term outlook: Loving life!

Advice for women who were recently diagnosed: You can beat this! Never lose your faith, stay close to your family, keep a positive attitude.

Any other information you want to add? I was 34 years old and no family history of breast cancer. I never heard words like, mastectomy and chemotherapy—No one really talked about these things back then. So, I learned to be one step ahead of this old cancer, by having regular check ups with a doctor I trusted and believed in and I did monthly self exams. I have not had any reoccurrences! (Thank you Jesus!) Always stay active and happy. Every chance you can, go dancing!