Every October, to recognize and honor "Breast Cancer Awareness Month", Dr. Jensen and his wife host a luncheon for former and current breast cancer patients. This year our luncheon was held at the corporate offices of doTERRA International, and included speakers LeAnn Lopour, a breast cancer survivor of 16 months; Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah; and Stephanie Nielson, plane crash survivor, bestselling author and blogger.
"Sometimes as physicians, we forget what these women are going through emotionally, so this luncheon is kind of a reminder to us as well," says Dr. Mark Jensen. "Every patient has a unique life story that inspires us. We wanted to find a way to recognize what they have overcome. The bond we have with these patients runs deep having walked with them through an extremely difficult time. It is great to see them healthy and stronger people than they were before. This luncheon becomes a reunion of sorts, one that is growing each year."
An important aspect of the annual luncheon is participation in our "Pay It Forward" project. Luncheon attendees (survivors) write down their treatment experiences, emotional struggles, advice, and any encouragement they can offer to Dr. Jensen's newly diagnosed and future breast cancer patients. These hand written notes of encouragement are put together with a small gift, donated from local businesses, and are given out to Dr. Jensen's new patients throughout the upcoming year. It's a great way to connect survivors with those who are just starting their cancer journey.
Our annual Breast Cancer Luncheon is an event we look forward to every year. There is an energy of hope and triumph, accompanied by a fighting will to live, that permeates the room. Everyone in attendance feels it and leaves the luncheon feeling uplifted and supported.
Dr. Jensen says, "I am grateful for the chance to help my patients feel good about themselves and to feel whole again. This is a very fulfilling and rewarding job. I am honored by the stories I hear every day. Life can be great, despite the trials and hardships. I feel so blessed to get to know each and every one of my patients and become one of their supporters on their very difficult journeys."