Everyone says life begins at 40……well my journey did too but with a different path than what I thought would happen. No one expects to hear the word cancer. But for whatever reason God chose to allow me to experience the road from diagnosis to remission. I won’t say that it wasn’t a difficult time because going through a divorce with 2 kids, finishing my bachelor degree and having to move back in with my aging parents while working a new job for the Federal Government was quite a challenge. There was a lot going on in my personal life to begin with but adding a diagnosis of cancer with 6 months of chemo and 30 radiation treatments on top of everything else was to say the least a little stressful. You ask me how I did it? My faith in God kept me uplifted. My positive attitude kept me moving forward. My friends and family kept me motivated to stay strong. I never asked the doctors my prognosis. I just kept saying what do I need to do now….…..let’s talk about the next phase of treatment. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m human and every now and then I would have my own little pity-party and cry. It’s a normal reaction to be upset, angry and say why me. But I didn’t dwell on it. I listened to my doctor’s advice, absorbed the love from my family/friends and remained faithful to God. I’ve been in remission for over 10 years now and I owe it all to Him. I want to encourage women of all ages to do self-breast exams and get their mammograms. Be knowledgeable in what to look for. Don’t dismiss even the slightest change in your body’s composition. The first change I noticed was a lump in my arm pit. Didn’t even have a clue it was an enlarged lymph node full of cancerous cells. I just thought it was an swollen gland. So please talk to your doctor and be aware of the symptoms not just during the month of October but all year long. It could save your life.
Survivor of the Week: Tammy Jenkins
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