Children: I am blessed to have two amazing kids! Caleb, 17 and Avery, 11.
When were you diagnosed? I was diagnosed on January 22, 2001. I went in that morning to have a benign mass removed from my left breast. However, when I came out of the anesthesia my husband and the surgeon were waiting to share the news that not only was the mass malignant, but I was also pregnant.
Treatment location? Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and MCV
How was it found (self-examination, mammogram, annual checkup etc)? My husband found the lump.
Do you have a family history of breast cancer? No
Strength: My strength comes first and foremost from my relationship with God. I can't imagine taking on the challenges of life without Him. My second source of strength comes from my husband, Rob. I will never forget his unconditional love for me when I was sick. Rob saw me with one breast, bald, and pregnant, yet he still made me feel beautiful. As a woman, that meant more than I can say. My children, family, and close friends also provide an unbelievable amount of support. I am blessed far beyond what I deserve!
Something about me: My favorite verse in the Bible is John 11:40, "did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God." Shortly after being diagnosed, I attended a Joyce Meyer conference. The first night she walked out on stage and quoted this scripture. She went on to say she felt like there was someone at the conference who needed to believe what they were praying for. That someone was me.
I was pregnant and had cancer. Everyone in the medical field recommended we terminate the pregnancy. They said if I chose to save my baby, I would be choosing to lower my chances of survival. From a human perspective, there was no way for this to work. But that's what miracles are for!
Over the next nine months, I claimed the promise in this verse countless times. My step-sister gave me the devotional “Streams in the Desert” right after I was diagnosed. It’s a great devotional filled with scripture and inspirational stories. However, there is one day that holds a special meaning to me, September 20, 2001. This is the day my daughter was born and the scripture reading for this day is John 11:40. My scripture!
We prayed. We believed. He was faithful! There really is no way to look at my daughter and not see the glory of God.
One person CAN make a difference......be that person