Women’s month is just fantastic. The letter “m” for me symbolizes the word mother. That is one thing we all have in common, a woman giving birth to us all. All of our existence is because of a woman. And it’s important to take the time to celebrate women, especially during March which is Women’s History Month. An important woman in my life is my daughter-in-law, a strong and vibrant soul named Terjuana Brooks.
Two weeks after my son, Wendell, and Terjuana were married, Terjuana was diagnosed with 2nd stage breast cancer. If you are a child of God you know that sometimes God will use you as a testimony for others to see his good works and miracles. Terjuana Brooks is a living testimony of God’s goodness and grace. She started chemo immediately and throughout her treatments she remained positive and strong. We wore pink bracelets in support of Terjuana’s fight with breast cancer. The bracelets read Terjuana Strong: Psalms 27:13. The lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He supplied all of her needs. She has been an inspiration to everyone that has come in contact with her. God has healed her body and the cancer is gone. What a remarkable person she is.
Because of Terjuana’s battle with cancer, she inspired me to do something for the women and men that I work with. I am a member of my union’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and through my committee, I decided to take action to make sure my fellow AT&T Mobility members had the opportunity to be tested for breast cancer. Because early detection is key, I worked with my union and got permission from management to bring in a mobile clinic to screen members for breast cancer. As a result, on March 21, 2018 we will have the Mammogram Mobile Services visit our call center to screen our brothers and sisters on-site for breast cancer.
Early detection could save your life, Terjuana is living proof. Health care is so important to us all and is a great benefit that our union has fought for us to have. This is a benefit that should be given to every human being and not just the wealthy. Remember to take advantage of your union healthcare because it truly can save your life.
Ethelyne Dianna Brooks
Executive Vice President
CWA Local 6016, Oklahoma City