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STAGE 2 BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO KEEP FAITH

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Desiree - Breast Cancer Survivor
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)”.

Desiree was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She has now successfully defeated her disease and lives a healthy life with her family.

The Diagnosis

“I found a lump while showering. Cancer confirmed July 1, 2015, after a mammogram, two ultrasounds and biopsy. Stage IIA, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, estrogen positive, and Her2 positive.”

The Journey

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“My journey consisted of a double mastectomy, 6 rounds of chemo, 18 rounds of trastuzumab and 3 reconstruction surgeries. The unknown was terrifying to me. How was I going to heal, how was I going to come out of this? I was more afraid of chemo than a bilateral mastectomy. I watched both my parents pass away from cancer while on chemo, so was terrified.

I remember my first day of chemo and I kept asking myself the same question. What is going to happen to me? I remember praying that morning and asking the Lord for peace. I went into that first round and crushed it. I was in pure peace and got through the week.

Side effects were tough but I quickly learned I’m tough! I wasn’t going to let chemo or cancer defeat me.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My motivation to fight came from my faith in the Lord, my husband Josh and daughter Destinee. It’s amazing to me (still) how the power of prayer changes lives and circumstances. My husband who found me on the floor bawling my eyes out at 3:00 in the morning began to pray. He called out to the Lord and at that moment he became my hero. I knew then we had to surrender.

My daughter kept the laughter. I could always count on her to make me smile. She even stayed in the hospital with me for 7 days. She’s simply amazing. I have been blessed with the most amazing support system from family to friends and even social media. It really takes a village!”

The biggest hindrance

“My biggest hindrances were not being able to do all the things I loved. Taking care of my family, my home, working and just being active. All these things were so hard to give up. To be honest, letting others do the work for me was very difficult.”

Message to other fighters

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“My message for others is to rely on your faith, let others help, smile a lot and enjoy every moment. Use your journey to uplift others, be the light and spread courage, strength, and hope. Always pray for others even while going through your own tribulations. You can and you will get through this just like myself and many before me. Remember each journey is different and not every side effect is the same. You got this and you’re not alone. I’m in this fight with you!”

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