Lisa D. Barnes - My Will to Succeed Exceeded My Diagnosis - #SheisGre8t!

June 8, 2018

Lisa D. Barnes, daughter of Bruser Jackson Sr. and Theresa Banks, was born in Tucson, AZ, but raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a mother of three Genesis and Christopher (twins), and Timothy.


Ms. Barnes attended Point Park University receiving her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in 2006 and Geneva College receiving her graduate degree in Organizational Leadership in 2015. She also attended Potters School of Ministry and graduated in 2004.


Lisa currently works as a Program Specialist, helping individuals who have mental health and intellectual disabilities. 


Ms. Barnes recently launched her business Lisa D. Barnes LLC. It was established to Motivate, to Inspire, and to Encourage YOU to live Your best life now! Also, Lisa has a book set to release this summer.  




Things have not always been easy for Lisa.


In February 2012, the weekend prior to Valentine Day, Lisa found a lump in her breast. Consequently, at the age of 28 she was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer also known as BRCA1 gene mutation.


From finding the lump up until diagnosis, Lisa remained confident that she would be okay because she just came out of an abusive marriage, and thought surely the Lord would not put more on her, right?


Well, about two weeks after she was diagnosed with breast cancer the journey to wellness began. Amid her journey, she endured six months of chemotherapy that 

produced times when she was very ill and had to be hospitalized. Along with that, she had a lumpectomy and a tram flap double mastectomy with reconstruction, none of it was easy.


What made this process even harder for Lisa was the fact that she was in school for her Master Degree and wasn't working. However, Lisa remained optimistic because she was eager to succeed and give her children a better childhood than she had.


Throughout this process Lisa learned how to allow her children and others to provide her with help and support. As a result, her faith grew because of God's keeping grace. 


With all things endured, Lisa has now been six years Breast Cancer free, she completed her Master’s Degree, and her family is thriving.



Something Lisa D. Barnes learned during this time:


From this experience Lisa learned at what you feel may be your lowest moment you are your strongest because you are making a conscious decision to fight to live another day. Additionally, Lisa learned creative strategies to pay her bills and have fun with her children on a fixed budget.




What does it mean to #BeGre8t!:


Being great is about having confidence in who you are!




A little known fact about Lisa D. Barnes:


Most people don't know that I love to write small skits and act them out.



From sickness, hardship, and uncertainty, Lisa has experienced a natural and spiritual metamorphosis that can inspire others to live amid and strive beyond their diagnosis.


This is why we believe Lisa D. Barnes is great! 








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