Jefferson County commissioner Sandra Little Brown has been on medical leave for the past few weeks. We now know she has been fighting breast cancer.
Many know Little Brown as a member of the Jefferson County Commission. She is a woman of many titles: wife, mother, Sunday school teacher and now, breast cancer survivor.
"I am healed. I am healed. I am cancer free," Little Brown said.
She can talk about her diagnosis now but in the beginning it was tough.
"When I was first diagnosed, I felt like I just lost my life. I felt like just dropping to the floor. I felt numb. Didn't want to hear it. I felt death," she said. "My son and my husband and my doctor kind of pulled me together."
Then, Little Brown says her doctors told her she needed to act fast.
"We discussed what surgery would be like. It was prevalent that it was in the right breast. They saw a spot on the left," she said.
Days after her diagnosis, Little Brown had both breasts removed.
"I was scared, I was so scared. I thought I was gonna die, but I'm gonna live," she said.
"I think it was God allowing an intervention in my life. I was so busy moving so fast, doing so much. I had a chance to slow down, regroup."
It's been three weeks since the surgery and she is already trying to find ways to educate people about breast cancer. She hopes her story will encourage women to get mammograms.
"I'm gonna make it, I'm gonna make sure some other people make it," Little Brown said.
As a woman who has never had a major medical condition, she looks at healthcare through different eyes now and says she's even more committed to advocating for Cooper Green patients.
"We have to do everything we can to make sure they have affordable healthcare. Good quality healthcare," Little Brown stated.
She credits her faith for keeping her strong and positive and she's having a little fun along the way.
"I did the electric slide for my grandkids the other day. I'm happy, I'm happy," she said, laughing.
1720 Valley View Drive