Jacqueline Monk Roberts
My name is Jacqueline Monk Roberts. On January 20, 2002, I will be a four-year breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 1997. I had gone in for my annual physical, which included a mammogram. I was immediately scheduled for a biopsy. I was lying on the bed recuperating from the biopsy when I received the news that I had breast cancer. I was then scheduled for immediate surgery followed by four months of chemotherapy.
I did not have any of the commonly known risk factors, nor did I have a lump. I had faithfully gotten a mammogram every year. Had I missed this appointment the outcome may have been different. The lump was visible on the x-ray. However, God spoke to me and said, “All sickness is not until death”. I knew this was a temporary condition, something that I had to go through. I know God is a healer and that He would bring me out. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” (Psalms 118:17).
When you are experiencing something of this magnitude, you begin to appreciate the little things in life. No matter how hard it gets or how sick you feel during your recovery, it’s important that you keep a positive attitude. Keep the faith. Feel good about yourself and hold your head up. Surround yourself with positive people and positive talk. Most important of all, pray. Studies show that religious people have miraculous recoveries.
From all the support and love that I received, the vision for Nubian Sisters Cancer Support was conceived. Sisters Connecting With Sisters, supporting one another.
I thank God and I thank all of you, that prayed for me and all the acts of kindness extended to me during my illness. I especially thank my husband, Clarence, my children, Janiqua, Jamar, and Jaquanna, my Mother, sisters, brothers and church family for their unconditional love and prayers. My father instilled in us at an early age that “A family that prays together, stays together.” Thanks to all the doctors, nurses and receptionists that would not let me give up on myself, but continue to encourage me to think positively. I thank God for healing me. It is through His healing that I am able to walk among cancer survivors. To God be the glory for all that He has done.