16 Jun Chemoflaged Cancer
Cancer, especially breast cancer is not a stranger to me and my family. When I was 15 years old, my beloved grandmother died of the disease. When my mother was 70 years old, she developed it also. Then when I was 61 years old, on an annual mammography, it showed its ugly head. I always have my mammography around my birthday, because it is a present to myself!!!
In 2002 when I received the scary news, we were on our way to Florida for our family vacation. That night after putting our grandsons to sleep, we had a family meeting with our two sons and daughter-in-laws. After telling them that I had cancer, I assured them I was going to be fine. When returning from vacation I had a lumpectomy the same week. A week after surgery I received the really scary news; I needed chemo and radiation. I had 8 rounds of chemo and 33 radiation treatments. I am living proof that there is LIFE after going down this path.
In 2003, I started a support program for women with a cancer diagnosis that were required to have chemotherapy. I worked under an existing local non-profit organization. In 2006, I was awarded a Yoplait Champion Award, and then started my own non-profit foundation called Chemoflage. Presently we have seen over 850 ladies. Our program helps women become cancer survivors and thrivers. I truly believe that God allowed me the opportunity to experience cancer, so I could help others.