Share your stories to help someone else

Published 11:26 pm Friday, September 29, 2017

Sharing your stories could make a difference in someone else’s life.

Somehow, the knowing that others have experienced the same emotions, walked a similar path and have lived to tell about it can offer solace to the feelings of fear, trepidation and anger.

Several years ago, I went in for my annual mammogram. I was not worried. I had had many before and had typically received a letter from my doctor a few days later that everything looked fine.

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But, not this particular year, instead of a letter my phone rang and it was my gynecologist.

She said the radiologist had found something suspicious in my right breast and I needed to come in for further testing.

I was sent to an oncologist by the name of Dr. Philip Ley and after a biopsy was performed, no cancer was found.

Needless to say, I was relieved beyond words, but the scare was so debilitating it opened my eyes even more to the disease that effects one in eight women, some of which have been my friends and one who was like a second mother to me.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and on Oct. 21, the Vicksburg Post will be printing its pink edition to help raise awareness of the malignancy that not only affects the victim, but also the loved ones in their lives.

We are urging community members to share their breast cancer stories  — or the story of someone they know with the readers of the Vicksburg Post.

These stories could make a difference for someone going through the horror of breast cancer.

Stories should be no longer than 400 words and should be emailed to The Post by the end of day on Thursday, Oct. 19, at The author should include a photo of himself or herself or the person whose story they are sharing.

Please call The Post at 601-636-4545 if you have questions.

Also, we are asking Vicksburg to get behind Breast Cancer Awareness month and paint the town pink.

Some ideas could be:

• Decorating your home or store windows with a pink display.

• Hold a “street” contest for Best Pink Window Display

• Decorate your front entrance, your fence or your door with pink balloons.

• Insert pink light bulbs in porch lights.

• Hang strands of pink lights.

• Use special scripts to remind customers to get their annual mammograms

• Use pink chalk to write messages of hope or honor co-workers battling breast cancer.

• Tie pink ribbons around trees in and around your neighborhoods and businesses

• Salons could offer specials on pink colors/products.

• Restaurants could feature rose wines/pink drinks or food.

The sky is the limit in turning the town pink.

Will you be a part of bringing awareness to Breast Cancer?

Let’s wipe this mother out!

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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