Soror Karyn Wood Celebrates Soror and Survivor Vonselle Thomas

Breast Cancer Survivor and Fighter Soror Vonselle Thomas
Breast Cancer Survivor and Fighter Soror Vonselle Thomas
Soror Vonselle Thomas and Soror Karyn Woods
My friend Vonselle Thomas and I were high school friends in Frankfurt Germany. Over 30 years later, we still hold true to our friendship each year we take a girls’ trip with another classmate.
In 2014, while planning our trip we get a conference call from Vonselle with the news she has a lump and it’s cancerous. While standing in the middle of the store, I fell to my feet from the shocking news.
A few weeks later she reported her course of treament.  Here is here story in her words:
I was September 2014 and had Surgery October 16, 2014. My diagnosis was ER/PR/HER2 Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.

I had five rounds of Chemo (one treatment a month for five months from November 2014 to March 2015). I’m taking a daily dose of 20mg of Tamoxifen. I call it my daily chemo. I have to stay on Tamoxifen for 10 years. They will reevaluate my therapy at that time. Tamoxifen attaches to the hormone receptor in the cancer cell, blocking estrogen from attaching to the receptor. Some of its side affect are bone pain, fatigue and hot flashes. I recently took the BRCA test to see if the type of Breast Cancer I had is hereditary.  

A member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Omicron Pi Zeta Chapter of Niceville, Florida, Soror Thomas is a mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend and woman of God.