I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 58 years old. I felt that I had a knot or a growth on the left side of my breast. They did an ultrasound and different tests. I knew when the nurse came back in that the news wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

I have two children, and my son has two girls, and my daughter has three boys. My family is very important to me. With the love that I have for my family, and the way my kids and my husband loves me, when the doctor suggested that I have a lumpectomy, I knew that it would be harder on my family than me.

So I went and had a lumpectomy done. One test from the lumpectomy came out showing negative, and then another test came back showing that I had a spot on one of my lymph nodes. That’s when my doctor and I decided to have both my breasts removed.

When I told my daughter, the first thing she said was, “Mama, are you going to die?” I said, “No. I have too many miles to go.”

I go on with my daily routine. I don’t worry about being afraid that it’s going to reoccur. I just don’t focus on the negativity of the disease. I felt that when the Lord wants to take me home, he’s going to whisper that in my ear, and I will know. So I went to sleep every night knowing that I was blessed and that I had a balance in my life.

And that’s what I would say to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Always keep a positive attitude, and if you’ve never had faith, try it. Because if you focus on the word “cancer,” all it’s going to do is just drain you. When you have a renewed mind and body, you have a renewed spirit. And right now, feeling the way I feel right now, it’s going to be awhile. I will see my grandkids grow up.

There are so many women who are being diagnosed with breast cancer. If we could just find out why, then we’ll find a cure. Then other women won’t have to go through what I have gone through.

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