Survivor Stories: Sonnetta Jones

"It was never about 'Why me?'" she says. "It was about, 'What do we do from here?'"

By Brian Ives

As part of our We Can Survive programming, will publish a series of “Survivor Stories,” where we talk to breast cancer survivors — or their family members — about their battle.

Sonnetta Jones, from New Brunswick, New Jersey was 38 years old when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. She got the bad news in a rather cold way: via fax. But she had a practical attitude.

“It was never about ‘Why me?'” she says. “It was about, ‘What do we do from here?'”

One thing that helped was the Young Survival Coalition, an organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. (Learn more about them here.)

“When I meet with these women and I’m seeing them living their lives… this helps me to be free. We laugh together, we cry together, because no one understands what it’s like, hearing those words. But they do.”

Related: Survivor Stories: Avni Vora Gandhi 

Music played a big role in staying positive: “There were times when I couldn’t read, because I couldn’t focus on reading. So the only thing I had left to do was listen to music. I had to listen to songs that were encouraging. I couldn’t listen to any broken-hearted [songs], I needed songs that would lift my spirit up.”

She continues, “I remember the first day I was walking into chemo, and one of the songs on the radio was walk by faith, and that helped me out so much, because [I thought] ‘That’s all I have at this moment.'”

She shares her philosophy on life, post-diagnosis: “I don’t wait [to do things]. ‘Let me do this tomorrow.’ No. I do it now.”

Learn more about Sonnetta in the Survivor Story  episode below.

Now in its fourth year, CBS RADIO brings together today’s biggest artists and their fans in raising awareness about breast cancer. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every ticket sold, $2 will benefit Young Survival Coalition. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. For more information on We Can Survive, go to the show’s official website.


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