In October of 2012, Veronica Glover, was fortunate to detect her stage II breast cancer symptoms early; in part, to the WTLV-12 news anchor Jeannie Blaylock’s BUDDY Check 12 program that provides information necessary for early detection. Coupled with a very painful accidental kick to the breast by her granddaughter, Maliyah that drew attention to the mass.
Her one year road to recovery was paved with the responsibility of caring for her sick grandfather, hospital stays, school, loss of employment and financial hardships. The unexpected home repairs just kept coming, while her husband waited for a job assignment through the IBEW Union in Beaumont Texas. At times the chaos of it all was simply overwhelming and depressing. As someone who has always tried to be positive, she felt helpless and alone. However, one Sunday while listening to an inspiring sermon preached by, Bishop Rudolph McKissick. Sr entitled “It’s a part of the process”, referencing the Romans 8:28 scripture “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord.” She decided not to give in to negative thoughts and turn this test into a testimony. Conceived in pain was the concept of the SisterHermana Foundation.
Veronica, actively distributed Buddy Check 12 kits to her co-workers, friends and the community. She encouraged other women, who reached out to her after being diagnosed. And like many others she passionately celebrated survivorship by wearing buttons, arm bracelet, t-shirts, and walking in breast cancer events.
But, the reality that other cancer existed made a dramatic appearance in April of 2014 when her husband, Horace Nathaniel Glover Sr. was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. In his hospital room she replayed the reels of their life over and over again to see if she saw signs that indicated he was sick, her answer was no. At least none she recognized. Had she somehow missed a 31 day colon cancer awareness campaign to inform the people of signs and symptoms? Again the answer was no. Unfortunately, on October 6, 2014, she held the man whom she shared a life for 27 years as he took his last breath at the age of 49. Like so many others, Veronica’s husband lost his life to a preventable form of cancer if it had been detected early. Looking around the hospital at pink ribbons, nurses adorned in decorative socks, head scarfs, bracelets and buttons promoting breast cancer she became angry. She thought the NFL, NBA, corporations and retailers go pink in October for breast cancer. But there is no love to be seen the colors that represent the other cancer. In that moment she made a personal commitment in the memory of her husband to somehow learn and educate others about preventable cancers. Furthermore, she would use her experience as a caregiver and patient to support the cancer community by providing services beneficial to the daily life of someone in treatment.
If you ask Veronica why she is not raising money for cancer research or the cure? She will tell you “We have enough organizations doing that already.” The SisterHermana Foundation chooses to direct its efforts on prevention; and the personal side of cancer care. And if we do a good job, maybe we will inspire others to join us and do the same.