As a young single woman of 40 and a mother of two children, ages 20 and 18, I was totally devastated when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After six years of being cancer free, little did I know I would be facing the fight of my life again. My first thought was this couldn’t be happening to me again. Then reality strikes. The hardest part of my battle wasn’t the treatments to come but staying strong for my family. This was not just going to be my fight but their fight too. It was with their love and support that helped me face another day one step at a time.
I had too many things in life I still wanted to do, I was not going to let anything get in my way. After six months of chemotherapy I was cancer free! My second diagnosis was stage four breast cancer that had spread to my lungs, the prognosis was not good. In 2000 I had a third recurrence but have been cancer free ever since.
One day after feeling survivor’s guilt I asked my daughter why I was saved and so many after me lost their battle. Her answer was because I still had work to do here on earth and our Lord needed me to complete my journey.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my doctors and caregivers. It was their encouragement and inspiration that played a huge part in my recovery. My oncologist would refer to me as his miracle patient.
Thank you for letting me share my story. So to all of you God Bless, we can Thrive a cancer diagnosis, I am living proof.
Phyllis, Age 69