My first diagnosis of cancer was June 2008. I was stage IIIC which involved some serious surgery. I survived. Being determined to continue working, all my friends at Scottsboro High School helped me to do that.
Cancer came to visit me again in January 2011. After surgery for this second tumor, I had to be given two pints of blood and lost some kidney function. After two follow up procedures, I felt close to normal. My sister, mother, and husband pulled me through that recovery and the Alabama State Department of Education made it easy for me to retire in 2012.
After nine years, 11 months and 9 days, cancer has been diagnosed again. The cancer is in several places this time, including my liver and some of the remaining lymph nodes. Surgery is scheduled for February 25, 2021. I am hoping it is not as bad as the CT Scan shows - after all, I have a lot of clips and scar tissue from the previous two surgeries!
I have no idea what God’s plan is for me. I feel that I am still here because He has a purpose and because of the prayers of my family and friends. Cancer has changed me in so many ways, but the major one is that now, every day is a gift to be cherished.