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Sheila McGlown

Sheila McGlown

MeetSheila McGlown

Sheila McGlown is a mother, wife, 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patient and advocate. For Sheila, the fight against breast cancer goes beyond her personal battle with the disease: her mother passed away from MBC in 2004 and Sheila now says, “My life is never about me anymore, it's all about who I can help.”

While at work in the fall of 2009, Sheila sneezed and experienced a burning sensation near her breast. She went to her military doctor who, after performing a breast exam but finding nothing suspicious, ordered a mammogram as a precaution. In December, after a mammogram and subsequent ultrasound, Sheila was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at age 43.

Since her diagnosis, Sheila has retired from the military, and has become active within the breast cancer community. One of the main goals of her advocacy is to raise awareness of the disease and make sure others know that MBC can affect anyone, regardless of race or age. Sheila has a strong support network to help her through her MBC journey, including her best friends, sisters, aunts and the many people she has met through her advocacy work – including Story Half Told participant, Beth Fairchild. Sheila says she never thought she would find love with MBC, but was happily surprised when she met her husband after diagnosis – the two have been married since 2016.

Sheila stands proud as she reflects on her 25 years of service in the United States Air Force.

Video: Sheila McGlown Bio

Join Sheila as she shares her journey living with metastatic breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2009, Sheila looks to her advocacy work and the people in her life to keep her going.

Sheila tries not to let the little things get her down by pushing herself through the hard times and counting her blessings.

Sheila gets ready to spend time with her daughter, Janaia, at a restaurant in downtown St. Louis. 

Ladies night bonding with friends, other survivors and thrivers, is one the many ways Sheila keeps her spirit up.

Honoring her late mother, Sheila keeps her hair cut short with the help of her god-brother and barber, Darrick.

Sheila enjoys a long walk with her niece, Charlon.

There is no better feeling than having a good relationship with your healthcare team.

Another birthday celebrated with family is always a blessing.

Sheila kicks off an incredible family reunion weekend with a family dance off.

Sheila finds comfort and solace from the love and support of her pastor, Kendall Granger, and first lady, Wyvetta.

Video: Doctor Relationship

Sheila reflects on her decision to elect for breast reconstruction after her mastectomy, the experience she had with her doctor and the impact it had on her life.

Sheila stops to pose with her daughter, Janaia, after a lovely afternoon together at the St. Louis City Museum.

Meet the Participants

Esther Garza
Beth Fairchild
Khadijah Carter
Jill Cohen
Holley Kitchen
Carol Miele
Michael Kovarik
Sheila McGlown

Meet the Participants

Esther Garza
Beth Fairchild
Khadijah Carter
Jill Cohen
Holley Kitchen
Carol Miele
Michael Kovarik
Sheila McGlown

Meet the Photographers

Steve McCurry
Lynn Johnson
Stephanie Sinclair
Angelo Merendino
Ben Heath
Chris Ozer
John Stanmeyer
Esther Havens

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