Idella Bell

I am a native of Miami, Florida. I moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 1977. I am a two-year breast cancer survivor.

My journey began in October 2005 when I did a self-breast exam. I felt something the size of a pea on my right breast. I didn’t think it was anything serious at first. But in December 2005, the lump got bigger – it was now the size of a golf ball!

I got scared and made an appointment in January 2006 for a mammogram. That’s when everything started. I had a biopsy and it came back positive.

I was scared, but left it up to God. I was treated with chemotherapy for 12 weeks.

Then I underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment in October 2006. Thank God I didn’t have cancer in the lymph nodes.

I thank God for keeping me here to tell others what I’ve been through.

I have had a lot of support: the doctors, social workers, Bishop and Mother Brooks, my husband, Willie Bell and my sons, Maurice, Marcus, and Marguet, my sisters, and my sister’s in-law and mother in-law.

Everyone from my job was very supportive. My best friend, “sister” Sandra Watts was there for me through all my treatments.

Lord, I just want to thank you for being so good to me.


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