What type of cancer do you have?
I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2006. In March 2012 my doctor told me I was cancer-free. In October 2012 I was re-diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I made one of the best decisions this past October by going to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. It was unbelieable how aggressive they were at treating me - I had to have hip replacement surgery because the cancer cells had traveled to other parts of my body. Anyone considering cancer treatment, I highly recommend CTCA - it was a blessing - I called them and they had me on a plane the next day.
Did your husband pass away from cancer?
David was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer on March 22, 2007. The day before I had just finished my chemotherapy and now he had cancer. We went to Emory for treatment and they did everything possible, but David passed away in February 2008. He was 47 years old. At one point my father was in his 70s driving both of us to doctor's appointments and we were in our mid forties. We joked about being the two young people with cancer.
What has your life been like the past six years?
We've been back-and-forth. This caused the kids to grow up fast. I keep saying it's going to be fine and we can't back down.
How is Micah and Micala handling this?
We're the 3 musketeers. Micah is attending the University of West Georgia and works at Belk and Mega Granite. Micala is a freshman at the University of Georgia. I've always told them the truth - anything can happen. We stay positive and rely on prayer.
How has your faith in Christ sustained you?
This battle has brought me closer to Christ. Once a doctor told me what my husband and I had gone through was too much. I told her that God never puts more on us than we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). I also told her that everyone's problems are equal. She told me she would write that down. These are the problems God has given me. God has a plan for us and mine has involved fighting cancer.