Monday, September 21, 2009

Sylvia Russell: A Woman of Courage

The life of Tennessee State University Police Chief Sylvia Russell took a drastic turn in 2004. Then a young and robust law enforcement officer, Russell was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46.

Russell, who often prided herself on her health, was very surprised to hear the news. As she processed this life-threatening information, she turned to her family and friends for much-needed support.

The treatment she undertook was intense, resulting in several chemotherapy treatments that lasted four hours a day, once every three weeks. In addition, she underwent surgery and radiation therapy amounting to 25 radiation treatments.

Now, cancer free, Russell is a five-year survivor. She credits God and family for bringing her through one of the toughest times of her life. Today, she stresses healthy living and encourages the next generation of young women to engage in yearly mammograms.

“Making the time to take care of yourself can simply save your life,” she said.

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