My name is Anna and at age 47, on April 21, 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.  The annual mammogram saved my life! When I first found out, I responded as I typically do to stressful situations: jump into action, handle the crisis, and make sure that everyone else is ok. I remember telling my surgeon to “Just get the cancer out of me!” To my surprise she said that she had a cancellation on April 26th.  So, five days after the diagnosis, I was in surgery.  My treatment included a lumpectomy followed by 4 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation, and 5 years of preventative meds. The thought of me dying from this disease was short lived.  Of course my first thought was my husband (we were planning to celebrate 20 years in May 2010) and my son (still in elementary school); who would take care of them? But God! Immediately after the diagnosis, I prayed and God brought a peace about me and comforted me by letting me know that this was not the end of my journey. For support, my family (I am blessed with 8 siblings and a host of nieces, nephews, mom, mom in law, and the best girlfriends in the world) saw to every physical need that I had.  I was so busy being strong for everyone else that I suppressed my emotions which 4 years later, I am learning to deal with. Besides the obvious physical change (surgical scar), my energy level has greatly decreased but I am learning to accept what I can and cannot do.

On April 21, 2010, my life changed forever.

Philippians 4:13