Breast Cancer Awareness: Jeanna’s story

Medford, Ore.–  “You know people talk about soul mates, I know that he came in a time in my life when we were supposed to be together.”

Jeanna and Brian Lambert got married three years ago.

“It was an amazing day.  We got married on the beach and we had all the people we love around us,” says Jeanna.

It’s a memory that still puts a sparkle in her and her husband’s eyes and a smile on their faces.  What they didn’t know that late August day, they were about to embark on another journey this one not as blissful.

“Came home on Wednesday and was sitting on the couch with my husband and my kids and I found a lump,” Jeanna explains.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer just six months after saying “I do.”

“I was terrified that I was going to lose her,” Brian says.

What’s more, just days before she found the lump Jeanna said goodbye to her mother who had been fighting her own battle with breast cancer for years.  She didn’t waste time coming up with a plan to fight back.  A mastectomy, chemo, and radiation.

“I had moments where I was miserable and in a lot of pain, but I never felt like I wouldn’t make it through, I just never did.”

Her husband Brian by her side.

“He would drop everything to be there,” Jeanna says with a smile on her face.

Even turning chemo treatments into their date nights.

“We would choose a movie and we’d eat snacks and sometimes I’d fall asleep,” she laughs.

Now cancer free and back to life as normal, Jeanna says it was her husband’s love that helped her though.

“I’m thankful for my husband everyday, everyday,” Jeanna says.

NBC5 News at Sunrise anchor Taelor Rian was born near Los Angeles, California but spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a Journalism degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she was an anchor and reporter for JUCEtv, an international faith based entertainment network. There she had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Rosario Dawson and Emma Watson. Before that she was a reporter for KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. Taelor also interned at KABC and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

Taelor loves cooking up new recipes, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers, and trying out Do It Yourself crafting projects.

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