Lois Marie Brazile
My name is Lois Marie Brazile. I am 59 years old a native New Yorker. I discovered a lump in my right breast during the later part of 2005. The lump had been throbbing and had become very painful. My primary care physician scheduled an appointment with a surgeon, who recommended that I undergo a mammogram and sonogram.
Both procedures were completed and read. A biopsy was scheduled the same day. Within a few days, I received the call that would change my life forever: “Ms. Brazile, I’m sorry to inform you that your biopsy revealed that you have Cancer.”
I was numb; I could not move my legs. I cried uncontrollably and left work. My co-workers were crying and in shock. I have worked as a nurse for 30 years caring for people. Just the thought of being ill frightened me. I thought about my 79 year old mother who has been a breast cancer survivor since 2002. I thought about my children, Catrice, Nevery and Bryan, all of whom have stood by me, and been supportive and loving.
I had a tumor that was 4.8 centimeters, with five positive nodes. I had a mastectomy with breast reconstruction at the same time. I had an aggressive form of breast cancer. The battle continues, I have decided in addition to my 16 weeks of chemotherapy to participate in a clinical trial program, but I will also need radiation.
I am grateful and thankful for family and friends. I am grateful for my church family, the prayer warriors from near and far, and for Reverend Davenport who supported my family and me through this difficult time. I can’t give enough thanks to the doctors and nurses that were always there for me during a very difficult time.
I am drawing on all of my inner strength and faith, I have asked God to give me strength to endure during one of the most difficult struggles of my life. I asked God to lift up my children, my mom, my dad, brothers and friends. Please, if you have a family member, friend or loved one diagnosed with cancer, keep them close, call on them, and send cards.
For those who have not been diagnosed, be steadfast, keep your appointments, don’t take “no” for an answer. It’s not an option; it is our health, your Life.