A SURVIVOR WITH A LIFE-SAVING STORY TO TELL
By: Karla Peterson | November 1st, 2016
San Diego Union Tribune
Hannah Martine thought she knew everything about breast cancer that she needed to know. She was young. She had no history of breast cancer in her family. She was safe.
Then, in the summer of 2015, she found a lump. At 29, Martine discovered she had Stage IV breast cancer.
First, she asked herself, “Why me?” Then she went to Susan G. Komen San Diego and asked, “What’s next?”
“It goes to the idea of me being independent and a control freak,” said Martine, who is Komen San Diego’s 2016 Race for the Cure Honorary Survivor. “I had no idea what I was doing, and I thought, ‘What can I do for myself? How can I take action here?’
“I was volunteering at the (Green Flash Brewing Co.) Treasure Chest (breast cancer) fundraiser, and I went to the Komen information table and said, ‘I’m new to the club, and I don’t know what to do here.’ They said, ‘We will see you through this. Whatever you need, you let us know.’ I was in the right place at the right time.”
At Komen San Diego, services include free mammograms, food and transportation assistance, care coordination and breast health and insurance education. When she went to Komen San Diego for information, Martine needed a bit of everything.