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Donna Ladd “Just Does It:” Navigating Through Breast Cancer

Episode Summary

Join Catherine Young, Sr. Vice President of the Susan G. Komen Memphis MidSouth, Mississippi affiliate, and Molly May, author, activist, breast cancer survivor and former Miss Mississippi State University, in this informative and provocative conversation with journalist Donna Ladd.

Episode Notes

Donna Ladd is an award-winning journalist and editor from Philadelphia, MS, who helped start two newspapers in Manhattan, then helped launch the first alternative newspaper in Colorado Springs. She returned home to Mississippi after 18 years and is co-founder and editor-in-chief and CEO of the Jackson Free Press, a solutions-driven newspaper covering the capital city and state policy with a deep reach into Mississippi’s diverse communities. Donna writes nationally for The Guardian. Donna is the executive producer of, where she interviews many Jackson women. This month, Donna celebrates one year as a breast cancer survivor, having had a double mastectomy on October 10, 2018, one day after her birthday. Read more at

In this PINK PODCAST, Donna speaks openly, with enthusiasm and wholeheartedness, about her experience over this past year. After her first year of surviving breast cancer, Donna writes, “But here's the thing: I've never been happier, more grateful, or as focused and mindful as I am now. For one thing, I'm alive. I was lucky a routine exam caught the cancer early so that I didn't need chemo or radiation, even if I did have my body cut up. Considering how much I love life, my work, Todd and my wonderful network of friends, family and readers, I immediately quit drinking alcohol, and gave up sugar (not fruit), in a quest to keep the cancer from returning. I went on walks while leaning on a stick for months, and I'm a smaller weight than in decades. I even prefer my new boob size.” (Read the article in its entirety at )