When were you diagnosed? Breast Cancer – March 2011 and metastasized to the Brain – February 2012
Treatment location? St. Francis Hospital, Virginia Cancer Institute, Massey Cancer Center and Johntson Willis Hospital.
How was it found (self-examination, mammogram, annual checkup etc)? Self-examination and mammogram
Do you have a family history of breast cancer? No
As a woman what gives you your strength (not necessarily a woman with breast cancer but just an average woman)? Foremost, my greatest strength comes from my faith in God. Secondly, I have the love of a wonderful husband of 43 years who is ever at my side and who makes me laugh! And of course I am strengthened by my wonderful children, without whom I would not be the woman I am today.
Briefly state in your own words something about yourself that you want people to know. I have always taken a nurturing role in life, trying to teach my children and my grandchildren that love is what keeps us strong no matter what trials you are given in life. Cancer has given me the opportunity to bring some special meaning to my life. It has made me realize that each and every day is a gift; that life is indeed special. I was recently told by a young woman that I was an inspiration to her. I was so touched by that statement. Perhaps I can be an inspiration to others as well. Never stop dreaming and never stop laughing.
One person CAN make a difference......be that person