Tampa, Florida - Imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing the challenge of deciding how and if you should have a mastectomy.
A Bay area breast cancer survivor has created a website to allow other survivors to share their stories and photos after discovering she couldn't find the answers she was looking for online.
JoJo Ruby-White's My Mastectomy Online website has been accepted into the Pepsi Refresh Project. She's hoping to improve the site with the help of a $25,000 grant donation, but she has to win more votes. The contest ends August 31, 2010, so the clock is ticking.
JoJo has to make the top ten, but as of August 4, 2010, her website project was ranked 106 out of 1,200 ideas. Here's a link where you can cast your vote.
JoJo was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2009 and opted to have a double mastectomy. She was desperate to find photos of mastectomy and reconstruction results and the stories about how women made their treatment choices to make the right decisions for her own care. She didn't find the stories she was desperate to read online, so JoJo took things into her own hands and create a website where women could share their thoughts and photos.
"I am simply a recent breast cancer survivor, one woman on a mission, to give the information I couldn't find when I needed it to those who need it now," Ruby-White said.
JoJo runs the site with just the help of her mother who lives out of state. She's a full-time working mom working on a mission that has become her passion.
Click here for a link to check out My Mastectomy Online.