Yolanda Brown, thirty two years old, woke up everyday with a beaming smile on her face. She was a streetcar driver, a jokester, and always lifting the spirits of those around here. Buried underneath all of her bliss, she was keeping a secret. Yolanda Brown had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was found at stage two. Up until the day of her surgery, Yolanda was a strong, perseverant individual who refused to show those around her that she was suffering. After receiving a double mastectomy, removal of nine lymph nodes, and three months of chemo therapy, Yolanda became extremely weak. The Chemotherapy caused her extreme fatigue, and limited her arm movements.
Throughout the process of her chemotherapy, determined Yolanda returned back to work for one month. She wanted to save money to buy her kids Christmas presents. Browns therapist, Laura Gaillot, was astonished to see one of her patients go back to work so quickly. “I’ve never seen anyone in the middle of treatment say, I’m going back to work for a month,” Stated Laura. Prior to Yolanda’s diagnosis, she had never been sick, nor taken off of work, for her this was out of the ordinary. Through critical thinking and planning, Yolanda’s therapist specifically designed a program for her where she would perform the same motions of street car driving. After become familiar with what a street car driver actually does, Laura was taken back by how much physical activity street car driving requires. Although for Gaillot, the recovery of Yolanda was an obstacle , she worked Yolanda to her full potential which was vital to her recovery. Gradually over time, the two became very close companions, spending more time together than at home.
Just like her mother Yolanda Ann Brown, she had not told her children the diagnosis of her cancer. Being independent was one of her mothers most valued qualities. After a long time of sealed lips, Yolanda’s eight year old son noticed the sickness of his mother, when her hair began falling out. Brown being the selfless person that she is, told her daughter after she graduated, and her family after a wedding, not wanting to draw away others happiness. When going through a time of hardship, a strong support system is crucial.Yolanda’s peers, and co workers were there for her throughout the process cheering her on. Yolanda was the only street car driver that was a breast cancer survivor, and still continues to work hard to get back to her career, and regular ways of life.
Peak Performance wanted to share this amazing success story of a woman who fought against her battle of breast cancer, and was determined to come out a winner.