I have attended the RACE FOR THE CURE for the last two years even though I am not able to participate as an active runner because of medical and physical reasons. I am there because the cause is for me and people like me who have been diagnosed with BREAST CANCER. In 2002 when I lost my mom from complications of Colon Cancer, Diabetes, & Dialysis I did not think I could make it and to this day it is still difficult.
I have always had yearly exams and began yearly mammograms at the age of 39 or 40. I started showing early signs of menopause in 2002 and was placed on hormones. In 2003 through self-examination I discovered a lump, after visiting my PCP concern was shown and I was referred to a Specialist. The Specialist advised me that there was nothing to be concerned about, we will just watch it.
In 2004 my oldest brother took ill, we were faced with difficult decisions. THANK GOD this task was taken out of our hands and the tube of the life support machine just came out, my brother passed. Two people that I love so much were gone.
In 2004 I had my yearly exam and my mammogram. The results came back positive. Because of the type of insurance I had I was referred back to the same Specialist. His decision was to schedule me for surgery and remove the lump because it had increased in size. After so many sleepless days and nights and uncontrollable crying I went to my Pastor and Church Family. I informed them of what I was faced with also asking for prayer, not pity. One of my Church members referred me to a Specialist in Little Rock. I made the appointment with DR. JAMES HAGAN. I was examined, my x-rays were studied, and DR. HAGAN actually explained my situation so I understood. DR. HAGAN asked me if I would like a second opinion. I told him no sir, you are my second opinion. He then said we are going to take good care of you and he hugged me and said GOD BLESS YOU. It was then that I knew I had made the right choice, I had a PRAYING DOCTOR! The next step was a surgical procedure known as a lumpectomy. The tumor was the size of a golf ball, but had broken off into several smaller tumors. To ensure the removal of all Cancer cells I had to under go a mastectomy. After my stay in the hospital I was discharged with bandages, drainage tubes, and bottles. I was faced with being placed in a Nursing Home until I was able to care for myself, but the LORD sent a past friend of mine back into my life. C. P. took care of all my needs from bathing me to emptying and recording the drainage bottles. Chemotherapy was also needed so I asked DR. HAGAN to refer and he made a GREAT choice, DR. DIANE WILDER my ONCOLOGIST, another PRAYING DOCTOR. Thank you C. P. for helping me in my recovery, DR. HAGAN & STAFF, DR. DIANE WILDER & STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT CARE YOU HAVE GIVEN ME SINCE 2004 AND THE TREMENDOUS CARE YOU ARE STILL GIVING ME. I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW THAT I LOVE EACH OF YOU AND DESERVE ALL GREAT THING TO COME YOUR WAY. Even when DR. WILDER lost her husband she was still there with CARING HANDS AND HEART. Perhaps one day I will be BLESSED to RACE, but in not I want to be the MISS of the RACE.