What Gives Jane Counihan Strength? Here’s Her Story…
Jane Counihan is Mohawk Group’s strategic account manager in the northeast region and based in the Mohawk Group New York City showroom. She’s a breast cancer survivor and we thank Jane for sharing her story.
In July 2012 after a mammogram, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Looking back over the experience, I can say I was very fortunate. I have an amazing family and group of friends that were strong and supportive. In my mind, this was more of an inconvenience rather than a battle to save my life. Powering through it, made the treatments very tolerable. From beginning to end, my treatments were completed in a calendar year!
I was very fortunate to have an amazing team of specialists engaged throughout the entire process including the diagnosis, initial mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and the final reconstructive surgery. As anyone can imagine, it was a bit of a shocker. The most anxiety was awaiting the diagnosis and determining the treatment “course”. I really feel extremely blessed and fortunate because through so much awareness and research, breast cancer is a well-understood disease and treatments and outcomes are so positive. The clinicians KNOW how to manage this disease so during the process keeping focused on a VERY bright light at the end of a tunnel is very possible. Another reason for my excellent treatment results was because of the support of my management team at Mohawk. At every turn – no matter what the circumstance – I received not only personal support and encouragement but very accommodating acceptance of required schedule changes. In fact, I never missed a day of work other than the surgical recovery. I scheduled chemo treatments on Fridays so that I was able to return to work the following Monday. Specifically, my manager’s Paul Cleary and Steve Vosburgh were phenomenal. Together, they shored up my ability to deal with all the challenges both work and medical. That kind of support and understanding are just as important to fighting the battle, as is any treatment.
Of course, if it were not for organizations such as Susan G. Komen, then the awareness, research and support dedicated to breast cancer would not be where it is today. Mohawk’s partnership with Susan G. Komen is so incredibly impressive – especially as a survivor. The more than 12-year commitment and contribution of over $3 million through our Specifiy For A Cure program demonstrates Mohawk’s commitment to driving to a CURE. And, I am so proud to be a part of that commitment.
An experience like this changes your life and your perspective. While I was undergoing chemo, I met two exceptionally valiant women who were battling an even more difficult cancer. Their conditions and duration of treatment left me understanding how truly blessed I was. Through a new set of eyes, I don’t really sweat the small stuff anymore. Every day is a gift and I don’t waste it. My approach each day is to be excited about what’s ahead, give my best effort, and end the day satisfied with what’s been accomplished.
What gives me strength? Knowing how truly blessed and lucky I am.