Interactive Intelligence Cares: Breast Cancer Awareness

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A Survivor’s Story: Clare Kawamura

Breast Cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.

For every eight women you know—one will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. It could be your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and even your coworker at Interactive Intelligence.

That’s why Interactive supports efforts to fight breast cancer and raise awareness for early detection.  We also want to honor our brave employees who have already given the fight of their life to join the ranks of the more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the US.

Survivors like our very own Clare Kawamura, a senior client account manager for Interactive Intelligence.

According to Kawamura, “Having support from our company, fellow employees and friends helps us fight cancer and encourage others experiencing cancer. It’s spooky, it’s scary, and it’s a trip—having support made the experience and a lot easier.”

It’s been 18 years since Kawamura was diagnosed with breast cancer—which was discovered after her very first mammogram. After surgery to remove her lymph nodes, weeks of radiation and medication for five years—she’s still in remission. She is one of the luckier ones—it was Stage 1 so while the odds were in her favor—the experience was no less life altering.

“Cancer was an opportunity to learn and explore life,” said Kawamua. “I took time with God and friends to make it an adventure. I tried hard to be positive and to find humor where I could.”

As advice for others, Kawamura urges, “Get screened and follow the American Cancer guidelines. If you do have to face it—do it head on and surround yourself with supportive people.”

“Early detection tests for breast cancer help save thousands of lives each year,” according to the American Cancer Society. “And many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.”