Relief hit when it came back negative and the lumps seemed to disappear after. However, in 2016 when they returned and she opted for an ultrasound. The radiologist was not positive this time around and recommended that she did a biopsy urgently. It came back positive for stage 2 breast cancer.
She first told her colleague who marvelled at her strength as she did not appear grief-stricken. Two weeks later it was time to tell her adult children whom she did her best to put on a brave face and positive spirit for. They mirrored her attitude and encouraged her.
Eleven lymph nodes were removed, 10 were positive for stage 2 breast cancer while the receptors tested positive for stage 3 with triple negative - the most aggressive stage kind of cancer. So her doctors came up with an equally aggressive treatment which would include 16 weeks of chemotherapy. She hated it, between the nausea and the insomnia in the early stages, it took a toll on her.
Her children including her daughter-in-law was her rock. Then there were he co-workers at the Food for the Poor clinic who were so generous, not to mention her head of department who showed great understanding throughout her illness.
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
As Norma leaves you with that strengthening scripture, we hope that the stories which have been shared have touched the life of even one reader. You can also view our 2017 Pink Ashlet Collection. Part proceeds goes towards the Jamaica Reach to Recovery to aid in their support of Breast Cancer Fighters and Survivors.
Until next time, stay beautiful!
~Ashley & Jody-Anne