Hi my name is Betty Jane (BJ) and I live in Marietta, GA. In March of 2015 I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. Since everyone in my immediate family has had cancer, I decided to have a double mastectomy. After my operation, I was told by my surgeon and oncologist that I needed physical therapy and they recommended TurningPoint.

Initially, I thought TurningPoint was just physical therapy, but as I was going through the program, I found out that TurningPoint was so much more – a place that understood what I had gone through emotionally, as well as physically.

My experience was so positive that I asked how I can give back to TurningPoint. They recommended that I volunteer on the Auction Committee because my previous background was in Sales. I have served on the Auction Committee for four years and made friendships with other people who also share my passion for TurningPoint. As I’ve done this, I’ve learned that they have a financial assistance program for uninsured and underinsured patients. This showed me how important it is to raise money for TurningPoint.

For my birthday this year, I decided to have my friends donate to TurningPoint in lieu of presents. In a two-week period, I raised $2,200 by setting up a donation page on Facebook. Now I’m on a mission to support TurningPoint by encouraging my friends to attend The Pink Affair and to help the Auction Committee by getting experiences/trips/adventures donated for the live auction.

TurningPoint is always on my radar to spread the word to women that have had and are going through breast cancer. The organization is much more than physical therapy, it’s an emotional and physical safe haven.