Candice Coleman: A Tale of Strength, Advocacy, and Unveiling Disparities
In December of 2022, Candice Coleman embarked on a journey of self-discovery that would profoundly alter the course of her life. While inherently in tune with her body, she was startled to discover a pea-sized lump in her right breast, an unprecedented revelation that prompted a cascade of emotions. Initially, Candice attributed the lump to hormonal fluctuations, only to realize that her menstrual cycle, expected that week, had taken an unexpected turn. It was this pivotal moment that marked the beginning of her unique and inspiring story.
Candice’s recent conversation with us illuminated her resilience and unwavering openness about her experiences. She graciously shared her personal journey, emphasizing the vital importance of advocacy and self-awareness in the face of life-altering challenges. Despite the hurdles, Candice’s strength shines through, making her not only a survivor but a potent advocate for others grappling with similar circumstances.
Candice passionately emphasizes the pivotal role of clinical trials in cancer treatment. Her journey took an inspiring turn when she encountered an individual who not only shared similar health struggles but had also undergone a clinical trial tailored for a triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis—mirroring Candice’s own experience. The serendipitous connection with a young Black women provided Candice with a unique opportunity to establish a profound and personal bond. Grateful for the chance to express her appreciation, Candice conveyed that her effective treatment plan owed its success to the groundbreaking clinical trial undertaken by her newfound acquaintance. This encounter underscored the significance of representation and inclusivity in medical research, offering a poignant testament to the impact of shared experiences within the broader context of healthcare advancements.
The glaring absence of clinical trial opportunities for Black women with breast cancer underscores a critical disparity in healthcare. This omission denies these women the chance to access cutting-edge treatments, hindering progress in understanding how breast cancer manifests across diverse populations.
As Candice aligns her journey with Bexa Equity Alliance, her narrative unfolds as a beacon of hope and inspiration. Her commitment to advocacy and self-empowerment stands as a testament to the transformative power of sharing one’s story. However, amid these inspiring tales, a stark reality persists — clinical trials, critical for advancing breast cancer treatments, often neglect Black women.
Candice’s story sheds light not only on her personal triumphs but also on the urgent need for inclusivity in clinical trials. By addressing these disparities, we can pave the way for a future where all women, regardless of ethnicity, have equitable access to the latest advancements in breast cancer research and treatment.
What Women Say About the BEA
“This type of examination should be used worldwide. Bring in the Bexa exam to all women!”
“The exam was/is stress free. The examiner made me feel very comfortable. She took her time with me told me about every step-in advance, and before performing each step asked if I were OK and ready. I am thankful for the kindness it made this breast exam very easy/comfortable. I recommend all men be examined we are not immune; and early detection can save your life!”
“I would like to thank the intake person from the bottom of my heart. She was extremely kind, understanding, and thoughtful towards my situation. She is an asset and the perfect face for this business. Thank you for easing my fears.”
“This process was comforting from the time of arrival until the time I filled out the survey. Tiara greeted offered a gracious greeting and was extremely helpful with navigating the check-in process. Jerri, the examiner took time explain the process and addressed all of my questions. She was friendly and professional. It is my hope that this breast examine process will be widely available in doctor’s offices throughout the country. We need this vital service! And Black women will certainly benefit from this exam because of the nature of dense breast. Thank you for making this service available! Lastly, I am grateful to Touch for sponsoring Bexa Equity Alliance to perform this vital service for our community.”
“I absolutely loved this process. More women would get regular screening if this was offered.”
“This was great, and Jerri was so kind! I feel seen and heard. I explained that I am 29 years old, have lost both of my biological grandmothers to breast cancer and have never gotten a mammogram. These ladies were so welcoming, kind, and helpful.”
“The exam was thorough, and the team made me feel extremely comfortable.”
“It was awesome experiencing this new technology for the first time. It was pain free. There was no squeezing, bearing down or pressure. It was very relaxing, like having a massage.”
“I felt a sense of peace with a new sense of support that would ordinarily be a very painful and stressful experience.”
“Thank you for providing a non-anxious breast exam. The music, the warm table and the summary of the examiner were expressions of compassion.”