CRYSTAL CITY – More than 60 area breast cancer survivors and another 50 supporters enjoyed an old-fashioned tea party around a theme of survival and perspective.
Five-time cancer survivor Elizabeth H. Mannen offered encouraging words as she spoke from experience, and acknowledged the challenges faced by a majority of the people in the conference center at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.
"You don't get upset by a bad hair day, when you think back to the no hair days," Mannen said.
Mannen has survived three separate bouts with ovarian cancer, including her first diagnosis at age 26. In April of this year, she was told for the second time that doctors discovered breast cancer.
"I know it sounds like a beauty contestant answer, but I want to leave this world a better a place," Mannen said.
She takes that attitude to work with her every day as a vice president and investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors, and by serving on several volunteer boards in the St. Louis area. She also delivered her inspirational story for the survivors at the annual luncheon.