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Valerie has been married to her husband Dennis for 29 years, and together they have two adult children – Leah and Ian.  She has worked for Brunswick City Schools for 12 years, mostly as a special education paraprofessional. In her spare time Valerie enjoys fitness boxing, kayaking, going to live music, planting flowers and adopting rescue dogs!

In May 2014 Valerie was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer after a routine mammogram. She initially underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatments. Three years later she underwent a breast reduction and a spot didn’t heal well due to radiation damage. She was referred to Dr. Cody, who performed a TDAP procedure followed by a revision a couple years later. 

“I am so much happier with my results, and am now pain free,” shared Valerie. “My advice to other women is to be an advocate for yourself, ask lots of questions, and try to stay as positive as possible.”  Valerie chose to walk the Pink Runway to bring awareness to women facing breast cancer, and because she is proud of Dr. Cody’s work, and how she looks and feels!