Breast Cancer Survivor Queens
We must always trust in the process, even if sometimes along the way things seem uncertain or nearly impossible. The butterfly has one of the most fascinating life cycles of all creatures. The butterfly starts life as a tiny egg that hatches to form a caterpillar. As soon as the caterpillar is done growing, it forms itself into a pupa, the resting and changing stage. During this stage, it undergoes a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis. It then becomes a colorful and adorable butterfly that’s ready to share its beauty with the world. The process of metamorphosis relates in many ways with our own growth process and moments of transformation. Like these brave women, I invite other brave women to share their stories here. Empowered Women Empower!
I Always Knew It Was Coming
Most of the women in my family as far as I can remember from my great grandmother to my grandmother, my mother and aunts was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed during their fight! My diagnosis was at the age of 50. By accident I hurt my shoulder at work so my Dr. ordered me an x-ray when she realized I haven’t had a mammogram; she suggested I do both while I was there. My results showed a mass and I had to go back for further testing. That's when my Dr. informed me that the mass was cancer.
I Am A Fighter!
I knew right away that it wasn’t going to be a death sentence for me! My faith in God has always been strong and since he brought me to it, knew he would see me through it!
It's a New Day, It's a New Dawn and a New life and I'm Feeling Good!
At this point in my life, I changed my way of eating and I work out daily. I started documenting and I post videos on vegan and vegetarian meals on a page I created called Live, Love and Laugh; spiritual food for your mind body and soul. God's Mercy and Grace have kept me! I’m not only a survivor but a warrior!
Mary Ann Neely
Giving Honor and Praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who Healed me of Cancer through His Blood.
In June 1992 at 47 years I was diagnosed with right breast cancer. After careful study of my case it was decided by the oncology team of physicians that I would be given several weeks of Radiation treatments. Despite the fact I was told I would become very fatigued from the treatment I was able to tolerate the treatments very well and continued working on my job without any side effects. In June 1993 the breast cancer recurred which was very devastating. The anxiety and the unknown was very apparent to me and my husband. So, there we were again facing the same crisis only more intense: “right breast mastectomy with reconstruction” which involved rigorous amounts of testing, MRI’s, X-rays and Acupuncture which pinpointed the exact location of the cancer, five hours of surgery, and finally chemotherapy and not to mention because the Radiation treatment had burned my breast so badly at the surgery site it was not healing properly, because of that problem I was scheduled to have skin graft surgery and the skin was used to repair the area on my breast that was burned so badly. Several weeks later I started chemotherapy treatments because my veins were so small there was a port inserted into the left side of my shoulder and the scar is still there today my husband calls it my “ battle scar” but as you can imagine I became very, very ill, and suffered many severe side effects along with an open wound that needed to be washed with a Saline solution twice daily, extreme nausea, loss of hair on every part of my body, darkening of my skin, weight and appetite loss, also an acute sense of smell. I can’t explain it, but I have developed a nervous agitation to this day. But God and prayer brought me through. I have now been healed of cancer for 27 years. I give all the Glory and Honor to God. I thank my beloved husband and children as well as Eternal Life Christian Center my faithful Pastor and special friends for all the prayers that went up for me.