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There are times in our lives when things happen. Sometimes we can control things, and other times, we cannot. When we cannot control the things that happen to us, we find ourselves flying towards God for comfort and a place to land, all the while praying that He will catch us in case we fall. When the phone rang back in the spring of 2001 and it was my doctor with the news I had Breast Cancer, I found myself flying as fast as I could toward God and praying He would catch me if I fell. He did and I am here to talk about it today.
During my journey through Breast Cancer, I was fortunate to have met so many wonderful people. I was thrust into a completely new world that I was so unfamiliar with. I was so blessed to have been born in a time where information is at our fingertips and at a time where technology and caring people are working hand in hand to help and to heal.. My hope is that someday we will be able to find a cure for breast cancer and all cancer.

I have listed the links below that I have found helpful during my ordeal with Breast Cancer. I am hoping that by sharing this information I may be able to help someone else with Breast Cancer to heal.

Komen.org

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Mayo Clinic

www.1in9.org

Plastic Surgery Information

MD Anderson

National Cancer Institute 

I am also writing a book about my experience and am therefore sharing an excerpt from that book. I found writing to be a very cathartic and healing experience.

 

Excerpt From Book:

I sit here and reflect on a year gone by. I called cancer an interruption-like having experienced it was a bad thing, not truly necessary in my life. I think I know better now. It wasn\\\\\\\'t at all an interruption, it was simply an addition. Often when people refer to a new addition, they are referring to a baby, a car, a home, something they feel would be an asset in their lives. I can\\\\\\\'t remember if I have ever heard anyone refer to cancer as an addition. But, you know, it\\\\\\\'s like everything else, is a matter of perception. Sure, you can have a baby, and what a glorious addition. But what happens if that child grows up and goes astray? Wasn\\\\\\\'t he or she still an addition to your family? What if the roof on the new house leaks?---- still an asset? How about that new car?----what if it breaks down? The point being, all things change, and with age often corrode. Cancer corrodes too, but as it does it teaches us things about ourselves. While it\\\\\\\'s busy destroying cells, it is also busy teaching us. It has a strange way of making us think, \\\\\\\"grow\\\\\\\" and come face to face with life and death. So this new addition can add to our life, while diminishing from it as well.

Sometimes having cancer can finally wake us up from this dream sleep we call life on earth. A wake up call to start again and make each day count..

I dedicate this page to one of my dearest friends, Barbara Cook, who helped to teach me how to live, grow and realize my dreams. My friend, you will always be in my heart. You were an inspiration to the world a genuine angel on earth and I love you and miss you more than you could ever know.

I also dedicate this page to my beautiful sister Robin, another strong and courageous woman. You are a beautiful soul, an incredible mom, and Patrick and I love you more than you could ever know.