Breast Cancer Awareness: A Mother’s Story

Breast Cancer Awareness: A Mother’s Story

Alison Berry doesn’t look so sick in this photo with her daughter, Pamela, because she’s wearing her favorite wig. (Photo courtesy of Pamela Moore)

OCEAN COUNTY – Alison Berry touched many lives during her time on Earth, and her loved ones hope she continues to inspire after her passing.

“My mother noticed a lump in her breast when she was in her early 20s and ignored it for a bit,” her daughter Pamela Moore said. “Being a single mother, she had a hard time working two jobs and taking care of me, and most of the time she put herself in the background. When she was around 35 years old, in fact, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, from the same lump.”

In the years that followed, the cancer metastasized. According to breastcancer.orgmetastasis occurs when cancer cells break away from the original tumor in the breast and travel to other parts of the body.

Alison Berry. (Photo courtesy of Pamela Moore)

She underwent several surgeries, including breast removal, lymph node removal, and a hysterectomy. The disease also spread to her thyroid. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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“I think early detection might have helped slow the spread of his cancer and might have allowed him to live longer, but I also think awareness was not talked about much in the ’90s,” his daughter Pamela said. JerseyShoreOnline. “After 20 years of fighting different types of cancer, she was admitted to hospice and passed away peacefully at the age of 57, due to metastatic breast cancer, on October 5, 2022.”

Alison would have turned 58 on October 24. The family plans to have a memorial.

According to cancer.org, breast cancer accounts for approximately 1 in 3 new cancers diagnosed in women annually. More than 300,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2022, with around 43,250 people expected to die from this year. It is more common in women, but men can also get it. October is breast cancer awareness month.

She was very strong, fighting hard for 20 years. “She had over 7 different episodes of different cancers, she lost her hair more times than I can count, probably 4-5 times through multiple chemotherapy treatments,” said Pamela.

“My mom always preached conscience, especially with everything that happened. I’ve been genetically tested to see if we have the same genetic mutations, which we don’t, but I’ve also been getting mammograms since I was 25 and I get them every two years or so,” her daughter said.

The family was always close while Alison underwent treatment. (Photo courtesy of Pamela Moore)

“My mother was very pious, she always felt blessed and never complained about any of her struggles,” Pamela said. “She liked to knit, paint, be the best aunt and sister, mother and praise the Lord.”

Alison Berry and Julie McBride met when they were 13 years old in 1976. They grew up as best friends. Years passed and miles separated them, with Julie living in Whiting. They reconnected on social media and picked up where they left off. This meant learning the good things that happened in their lives… and the bad.

Julie McBride photographed her hair before she cut it. (Photo courtesy of Julie McBride)

Julie explained how her friend noticed a lump years ago but kept putting it off. When she treated it, she was the size of a plum.

To show solidarity with Alison and raise awareness, she shaved her head at a salon in Bayville.

Julie McBride shaved her head to raise awareness for breast cancer. (Photo courtesy of Julie McBride)

“If I hadn’t ignored that little bump, I’d be here today,” he said. “Early detection can save your life.”

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