Gayle - Our Stories Success Didn’t Happen Without a Fight

Gayle McMullen discovered a fight in her she didn’t know she had. While a student at Triton College pursuing nuclear medicine, McMullen was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011 – shortly after beginning her first semester at Triton. It was a turning point that wasn’t going to keep McMullen from her goals. 

Staying strong and in good spirits, McMullen underwent 17 cycles of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and countless days of pain and feeling ill, pushing herself to attend class whenever she was up to it. McMullen received her final treatment in April 2012 and is now cancer-free. 

A year later, she graduated with her associate’s degree, and now, at age 29, McMullen is a nuclear medical technologist for St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford. Ultimately, she would like to help other young patients going through their battles.

“What helped me to overcome my battle with cancer was my education at Triton. Faculty encouraged me and kept me focused on getting my degree.”