“Look up – and live.” ~ Robert Thomson, husband of Susan Thomson
As you know, this is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Smith's Food and Drug, a division of The Kroger Company, is sponsoring the "Giving Hope a Hand" campaign to raise $3 million for breast cancer causes, including Komen for the Cure races and the American Cancer Society - and Utah paralegal, Susan Thomson, is one of the faces of the campaign. She’s featured on pink boxes of Betty Crocker Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix and shares her story at the campaign's website.
Thomson has passed the five-year survival mark, after undergoing extensive treatment for breast cancer. Throughout treatment, she missed only a few days from her job as a paralegal for Smith’s Food & Drug in Salt Lake City.
Many of her co-workers didn’t know she was sick. Her co-worker Lesa Bridge told the Salt Lake Tribune that Thomson focused on others instead of her diagnosis.
She had a quiet strength, and unless people knew her personally, they didn’t know what she was going through. She focused on relationships with people she cared about, on helping others and her work.
Susan urges others facing breast cancer to stay strong:
One of my chemo nurses said something that has remained with me: “If you lie down to die, you will lie down and die.” My message to anyone facing this disease is “look up and live.” My husband helped me to realize this – don’t look down, and don’t give up.