Meridian, Miss. Linda Farmer is a nurse practitioner who goes far beyond her duty and devotes any spare time she has to helping people fighting breast cancer, as well as encouraging their families and caregivers.
She's says helping others is something she doesn't think twice about.
"I'm here for a reason and a purpose, and I don't feel like nursing is just an occupation or a job for me," said Farmer. "It is my calling."
That's why she organized the Careousel Breast Cancer Support Group more than seven years ago. It's a way to reach out to patients needing support at such a challenging time in their lives.
"I think I'm relatively quiet about a lot of things, but this ignites a passion in me, that we can't sit idly by, especially not in the information age, the technology that we have," Farmer said. "And know that all this information is going to be a bit overwhelming."
Farmer says the support group is a great band of friends, who go to treatment together or maybe just to get coffee, but provide something for one another that is priceless.
Anderson Cancer Center director, Wayne Herrington, says Farmer relates to all of them, no matter what their stage in battling breast cancer.
"They love her. They look to her for that leadership," said Herrington. "They look to her for that guidance in bringing the right programs together for them that can help them as they go through that journey."
A journey no one wants to make alone.
The Careousel Breast Cancer Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month at Anderson Regional Cancer Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You may get more information by calling 601-482-1555.