She might not wear a cape to work, but to her team, Army Community Service Division Chief Jeannie Johnston is Wonder Woman.
So it was only fitting that was the theme of her surprise party Sept. 24 celebrating the end of Johnston’s cancer treatment. For the ACS staff, all sporting “Team Jeannie” shirts, the luncheon was an opportunity to express their love for their fearless leader. Johnston’s former colleagues at Fox Army Health Center also stopped by to show their support.
“She is an inspiration to all of us,” Derrick Gould, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said. “She’s the most optimistic person in my life.”
Ask any of Johnston’s staff and they would agree. After an abnormal mammogram in December 2018, Johnston was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. While the diagnosis was a shock, Johnston was determined to face it head on. Her 2019 has been consumed by a double mastectomy, 13 rounds of biweekly chemo and 33 doses of radiation – “Monday through Friday for six long weeks,” Johnston said.
With radiation and chemo complete, Johnston said she planned to just enjoy life not tethered to treatment. While her personal battle is won, she does plan to continue her mission of spreading awareness for the importance of staying on top of routine appointments. When Johnston was diagnosed after a routine mammogram, she had no lumps, no family history and was in good health. She said it can happen to anyone and early detection is the key.
“Go get those mammograms.”