Watch Our Stories of Strength and Take Action

The important conversations about how you can take control of your breast health are happening now. Lack of awareness and accurate information can be a deterrent for women to take the important steps in managing their breast health. We encourage you to watch our Stories of Strength and share with someone you know that needs to take action today.

Meet Our Advocates

These heroic women have a lot to say about breast cancer, early screening, and genetic testing. Each of them is different. Each of them has their own personal journey that led them to be the advocates they are today. Watch Darleen, Maria, Deena and Carolyn share their experiences with us and learn how taking control of our breast health is in our hands.

Darleen G.A.

Survivor

"The whole process of the actual mammogram itself only lasted 15 minutes. 15 minutes could save your life."

Maria P.

Daughter of Survivor

"Say to yourself, 'This is an annual event, this is for me, my health counts. I matter.’ If we can do that, we can beat this cancer."

Deena W.

Genetic Counselor

"Having someone take their health into their own hands and sharing that information with their family, making sure their family members and daughters start taking their health into their own hands is so important."

Carolyn H.

Nurse Navigator

"If we catch it when it's still treatable, it's a whole different story. There's hope. There's hope for people."

Why BayCare?

BayCare offers comprehensive breast health services for women of all ages. Our breast care centers combine the latest technology with leading medical expertise and compassionate care, and with numerous nationally accredited locations around Tampa Bay, you’re never far from a highly trained clinical team that has your best imaging, diagnostic and treatment needs in mind.

Additional Stories

Watch Dr. Adria Stephens-Cooks, Joycelyn, and Alex as they courageously share their individual experiences with us, and learn how taking control of our breast health is in our hands.
Dr. Adria Stephens Cooks, Joycelyn, Alex and Miok have something to say about breast cancer, early screenings and genetic testing. Each of them is different. Each of them has their own personal journey that led them to be the advocates they are today. Lack of education and accurate information can be a deterrent for women to take the important steps towards managing their breast health. Watch as these courageous women share their experiences with us and learn how taking control of our breast health is in our hands.

Adria, S.C, MD

Palliative Care Physician

"Having gone through the experience of breast cancer with my mother has given me a perspective that I didn't have as a medical provider."

Knowing how breast cancer affects women and their families from both personal and professional experience, Dr. Stephens-Cooks advocates for yearly screenings and taking preventive action. 

 

 

Joycelyn C.

Breast Cancer Survivor

"For some reason, some people think it's going to go away. It's not going to go away. We have to do what we need to do to be free of it."

Survivor, mother, and grandmother, Joycelyn is a strong woman with a story to tell.

Miok R.

Genetic Counselor, APRN

"I encourage you to go tested because our health is in our hands."

Miok tells us about the facts, myths and importance of getting genetic testing.


Additional Stories

Watch Samara, Jennifer, Emily and Agnes as they courageously share their individual experiences with us, and learn how taking control of our breast health is in our hands.

It's In Our Hands - Stories of Strength

The important conversations about how you can take control of your breast health are happening now. Watch our Stories of Strength. Our breasts. Our health. Our care. Learn more at ItsInOurHands.org

Agnes J.

Breast Nurse Navigation

“Early detection is key. The sooner the cancer is found and treated not only saves lives, but also provides the best results.”

A hero to many women, Agnes offers her advice after years of supporting women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Emily M.

Genetic Testing Recipient

“I was more scared not to do the testing, but when it comes to cancer, knowledge is power.”

Because of a family history of breast cancer, Emily is a young advocate for yearly screenings.

Jennifer T.

Breast Cancer Survivor

“Make sure that you make the time to get a mammogram. Early detection saved my life.”

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, Jennifer credits her recovery to her annual screening.

Samara T.

Imaging Operations Manager

“My goal is to provide an experience that makes everyone come back year after year so that if we do find something, we find it early and it’s treatable.”

Having lost her aunt and mother-in-law to breast cancer, Samara vowed to become an advocate for women’s health.