TAMPA – Shelby Coriaty is a huge proponent of knowing your family’s genealogy – for your own health.
Coriaty was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2003, a disease her mother and two of her three sisters also experienced. The other sister was a victim of ovarian cancer.
“That’s why I’m an advocate for people knowing their family history,” said Coriaty, a cancer survivor as well as the founder/facilitator of the Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group at Florida Hospital Tampa.
It is also the reason she is promoting the free “Know Your Genes” seminar at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 in the hospital’s Wallace Conference Center, 3100 E. Fletcher Ave.
The presentation – followed by a fashion show featuring a fall collection of jeans from Dillard’s at the Shops at Wiregrass – is meant to show the role heredity, as well as behavior, plays in overall wellness.
“Knowledge is power,” Coriaty said.
Denise Smith, the Breast Care Center’s clinical manager, shared similar thoughts.
“Knowing more about your family medical history could prove to be lifesaving information,” she said.
Beth Boylan was diagnosed three years ago with Stage 3 breast cancer, a disease that took the life of her paternal aunt and affected that of her paternal cousin.
She regularly attends the hospital’s support group meetings and will model some of the show’s fashions along with several others in the sisterhood of cancer survivors.
She faults herself for not being diligent about doing regular self-breast exams considering her family’s history of breast cancer. But she is grateful to finally be cancer free after enduring multiple chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed by a mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
“It’s scary, but if you have the right people to support you – family, friends and your support group – you’ll get through it,” Boylan said.
Register online at FHTampa.org/spiritofwomen as seating is limited. Call (813) 615-7537 for more information.
Seminar and fashion show attendees may also tour the Breast Care Center’s new 3-D mammography breast screening technique, available to the public on Sept. 1. It’s touted as being the greatest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in 30 years.
The hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group meets at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the on-campus Breast Care Center, 3000 Medical Park Drive, Suite 100.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]