To honor and celebrate inspirational, powerful women, Beaumont commissioned local artist, Desiree Kelly, to create a unique three-dimensional, outdoor mural. Women in the mural have received care from at least one of Beaumont’s female specialties which include maternity, breast, heart, urology and cancer genetics.
Beaumont unveils mural to celebrate diverse, strong and empowered female patients
Hover over the mural above to learn more about the 24 women being featured. Some features unavailable when viewing with a mobile device. For best experience, view on desktop.
"I feel healthier and stronger now than ever before. I’m more physically fit than I was in my 20s."
"I think everyone faces things differently and sometimes we have to reach really deep and say ‘this is what has to be done.'"
"Before women can take care of anyone else, we need to put ourselves and our health first."
"I tell all my friends and family to take charge of their health and perform regular self-exams."
"I feel so much better, more energetic and I can run again."
“There was no way was I going to miss my 50th class reunion party.”
"I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to do something good. I feel that I was able to change my destiny.”
"I wasn’t portraying a good image for Ninna. I knew I had to make a change."
Abigail's positive attitude undoubtedly impacted her remarkable recovery from a stroke.
"Some people thought I was too young to have bariatric surgery. For me, it was absolutely the right decision."
"People want to hear real stories. I share my experiences and many can relate on a personal level."
"One year after treatment, I really started having a life worth living. I was determined to not let my disability define who I am."
"Even though it was a negative thing, the knowledge was a sense of calm."
"My cancer had returned. After discussing with my family, I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy."
"This year, I've been gardening like I've never gardened before in the past four or five years."
"When life throws you a curve ball, you have to remain strong, focused and determined. The strongest people rise by lifting others."
"God gave me good health and he allows me to be able to run. It’s my way of saying ‘I’m using your gift."
"I get to make a difference in peoples lives. I've gotten a second contract to live now."
"Connecting with my care team - doctors and nurses - really helped make my deliveries easier experiences."
"I want to enjoy my time spent with everyone in my life - that requires I eat well, exercise and be involved."
"We are so grateful that everything turned out so well. Now I feel awesome; I’m good to go."
"I’m still alive. I feel good. I listened to my body back then, and I still do."
"The typical mammogram age is 40. If I would've waited, I don't think I would be here."
"Without their timely assistance and the expertise of the cardiac team, I don’t believe I would have made it."
A routine breast cancer screening detected a cancerous mass in Virginia's breast. Through her surgery and treatments, this 75-year-old cancer survivor found inspiration through fellow cancer patients and her physicians and staff.
Even though family history, as well as high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, raised Janine's risk, she'd never been checked for heart disease - a mistake, she now knows.
Susanne understands the importance of self-breast exams. For years, they were part of her routine, a routine that saved her life. During the summer of 2012, she discovered a lump and scheduled a mammogram.
Pain and intense fatigue in her right leg started putting Tracy on the bench and sofa. An ultrasound revealed her veins were unable to properly deliver blood from the ankle.
Three days before her final radiation treatment, Gloria hosted 65 family and friends from near and far for her husband's birthday party. His best birthday present was the knowledge that his beloved Gloria will be by his side for years to come.
When she was tested for the BRCA1 mutation after her older sister was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago, Rose made arrangement to have her ovaries, tube, and finally her breasts removed and resolved to experience as much of life as possible.
Diana struggled with weight her entire life. The major turning point came when she lost her job, entered a major depression and turned to food to numb the pain. Finally, she decided enough was enough.
At just twenty years old, Abigail suffered a stroke and was paralyzed. While treating her stroke, doctors found a hole in her heart which also needed to be fixed. After surgery, rehabilitation began and slowly but surely Abigail has shown progress and began walking and speaking better a little at a time. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Ninna had been dealing with weight issues since the age of 5. By 18, she was more than 100 pounds overweight. Observing her mother’s own weight struggle and post-surgical success gave Ninna the tools and courage to embrace a solution for herself.
Linda is all too familiar with chronic kidney disease - a diagnosis she shares with her father, sister, uncle and first cousin. A self-proclaimed, “busy-body,” she does not let her kidney disease hold her back.
A lupus diagnosis caused severe spinal cord damage, leaving Christine unable to walk and using a wheelchair. Through determination, prayer and hard work, one year later she was walking again with walker assistance. Another year later she could drive again, got married and really started having a life worth living!
Diane is a three-sport athlete, mother and nine-to-fiver. After a routine mammogram detected an early form of breast cancer, she refused to let it impact her life. She continued to work through radiation treatments and even attended her daughter’s volleyball game the day following her surgery. Her family means everything to her.
Up to 35 percent of adult women are affected by urinary incontinence. Many are suffer in silence. But Kathy wasn't shy about speaking up... or finding treatment.
Yvonne was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome (SSS), specifically tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome, often associated with ischemic heart disease and heart valve disease at age 44. She had a pacemaker implanted and now leads a happy, normal life. She enjoys travelling with her family and her goal is to run a 10k in the near future.
At almost 89 years old, Sister Beth has participated in nearly 30 full and half-marathons and countless other races.
When Courtney and her husband found out they were pregnant with their first child, they were looking for a hospital that they felt comfortable and confident in for their pregnancy journey. Their Beaumont doctor made the process go, “so smoothly.” The day they met for their first appointment, the three just clicked and has not changed since that day.
Brenda is a seven-year, breast cancer survivor. Furthermore, she faithfully makes her appointments for her annual mammogram.
April personifies an active, fit lifestyle as wife, mother and school teacher. Yet, at age 36, she had a heart attack.
A breast cancer survivor. A mother of three and wife.
"The typical mammogram age is 40. If I would've waited, I don't think I would be here.”
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Kelly’s mom died of breast cancer when she was 9. Her aunt died 5 years later. Those experiences emphasized Kelly’s need to know her risk as soon as possible.
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