With lots of support, Kim Shaw overcame her struggle with breast cancer by pushing herself, staying strong and keeping active.
Kim is originally from Butler, Pa., and a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she earned her nursing degree. She lived in Buckhannon and then Morgantown before moving to Fairmont 14 years ago.
But she has been really part of the community for nearly 20 years, as the director of nursing for the Arbors at Fairmont. She and her husband Mike have been married for 24 years and have two daughters, Shannon, 20, and Emily, 14.
This past fall, Kim, who is 48 years old, found a lump in her breast during a self examination. She was diagnosed with breast cancer on Sept. 25, 2012, and the cancer spread to her lymph nodes.
“You hear cancer, you think of death, so that scared me,” she said. “Luckily, I work with nurses and a couple friends of mine actually are breast cancer survivors, so I had a very good support team, and that helped.”
She said she was scared of what to expect. As a nurse, she wasn’t used to being a patient, which made her look at things from a completely different perspective.