Breast Cancer Survivor Stories: Ebony Steele
A radio host and TV personality survives cancer and gives back to the community.
In October 2007, shortly after Ebony Steele, a nationally recognized radio host and TV personality, relocated to Dallas from Birmingham, AL, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 35. She began chemotherapy in January 2008. “I think the most difficult part was after my hair began to fall out--watching my family, namely my mother, my father and my sister, watch me,” said Steele.
She was declared cancer free soon thereafter and now goes on tour sharing her survivor story and encouraging other women to get examined. “When I did the first Susan G. Komen run two years ago as a Susan G. Komen ambassador in the Bahamas, it opened my eyes to so many things,” says Steele. “You think of the Bahamas as a place to have fun, but I was there to try to eradicate a disease that has plagued so many people. To be a part of that race was awesome.”
During her struggle with cancer, Steele gained strength and support from friends and family, and learned to view cancer in a different way. “I learned that breast cancer is not a death sentence. It is something that, when it’s detected early, is treatable. And so I just hope that I can continue to be a part of the movement to alleviate and end this deadly disease, which has plagued so many undeserving people.”
Dana Robinson is the Lead Producer & Contributor, Health/Fitness Channel for Loop21.com.
Photo Credit: Jeff Kaplan