Stacey Hines

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR PROFILE - Life­style Editor

IN 2009, Stacey Hines led a very busy life. She had re­cently re­lo­cated to Ja­maica from At­lanta with her hus­band and three chil­dren, to help head a start-up soft­ware com­pany that, shortly after, was ac­quired by a Cana­dian firm. This meant that, once again, Hines had to up­root her fam­ily and move. This time, to Canada.

With all she had go­ing on, breast cancer was not some­thing she even thought about. But soon it would dom­i­nate her world. “My best friend was di­ag­nosed with melanoma, but noth­ing in my cir­cle or con­ver­sa­tions had (any­thing to do with) breast cancer,” she told Flair in a very re­veal­ing in­ter­view.

Hines noted that she had been fairly dili­gent with her health in stick­ing to her an­nual full check-ups. She had one in Oc­to­ber of 2009 and ev­ery­thing was fine. But

PHOTO BY NOR­MAN GRINDLEY/CHIEF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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