“I can do all things in Christ, who strengthens me.”
Little did I know that this scripture would be my saving grace!
In June 2005, I ran my hand across my breast and discovered a lump. At that moment, I knew my life would never be the same no matter what. I was in awe of my calmness, but I remembered that my mom always said, “God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power.” In a matter of seconds, I asked God to help me to accept His plans for me and to stay by my side no matter what was ahead.
I had lost my mother in-law to cancer so I knew that this could be a life-changing experience. The next few weeks were a whirlwind. A mammogram diagnosis, doctor’s visits and preparations for my family and friends for the journey that was about to begin.
I thank God for the experience because I have been allowed to see God’s work and love through others. I’ve met some wonderful people and have been cared for by wonderful doctors and nurses. A special thanks to my husband Leroy and my children, Lance and Lauren. Thank you for the love and support you showed during a time that was difficult for us all. To my family, church family and friends, I say thank you for helping me to reaffirm my belief that God may not give you all you want, but He always gives you what you need. I needed all of you.
To the undiagnosed, it is said that 200,000 women and men will be diagnosed this year. My best advice, if asked, is to trust God, stay positive and surround yourself with loving and caring people.
Please remember that early detection is the Key!