Reverend Barbara Beauford
I am a 22-year breast cancer survivor only by the grace of God.
One day, many years ago, I discovered a small pea-like object in my left breast. I didn’t think much of it, but put myself on alert. A couple of weeks went by so I decided to check again. I discovered that the pea-like object had now become more like the size of a lemon. I then began to have swelling in my armpits and, within six months, the lump had grown to the size of a small grapefruit. I was referred to Dr. Nicholas Passarelli and was told I had third stage lymphoma. He suggested a Mastectomy. Eight days later surgery was performed, after which I had chemotherapy and radiation during the next two-year period. I was very grateful for my doctors, Dr. Levy and Dr. Francis Cardinale during this phase.
I am not only a survivor but also a warrior for those who are afflicted with cancer. I am a mother of a facial cancer survivor – my daughter, Minister Cherie Green. Being a woman of many talents and gifts to my credit, I believe that my spiritual and maternal insights have served many, and have encouraged many, by helping to build their faith. I have ministered to my daughter, and to others afflicted by this disease through the gift of love and the power of prayer.
Although the journey to recovery is long, there is always a ray of hope, which has helped transform my life, and through my life into the many lives of those that know and love me. I have been married to Cain Beauford, my husband of 25 years, and have to cherish four children, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two daughter’s in-law. For over 40 years I have served as an ordained Reverend.
To God be the Glory!