You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. – Cayla Mills
It’s no news that it takes a single moment for worlds to alter, for every single thing you’ve built or believed in to change.
I was just three years old when it happened, but I’ll never forget the tubes, bandages and midnight ambulance runs to the hospital. It’s all a haze for me now. But I know someone who’ll never forget that experience because she was in the eye of the storm and came out stronger even though she had to loose one breast.
Questions & Answers Session
Thelhq: How did you know you had cancer?
Mum: I was taking my bath one morning and I noticed a lump on my left breast, I met the doctor that same day, he told me it’s a 50 percent chance for the lump to be cancerous so I was not too scared. When we got the lump out took it for a test a few weeks later it came out cancerous. I was diagnosed with stage 1 Breast Cancer in the year 1999
Thelhq: What words did you NOT want to hear from your friends and family?
MUM: it’s not the words,everyone tried to be positive. Their faces said it all, what they really felt. They thought I would die, I thought I would die at some point.
Thelhq: Would you go through chemo/cancer treatment a second time?
Mum: God Forbid!
Thelhq: How did you find the strength to go through treatments?
Mum: God gave me the strength, plus I was determined not to leave my children motherless.
Thelhq: How would you classify the doctors general treatment towards you, did it help you in anyway?
Mum: The doctors constant affirmations and positivity towards me gave me hope and strength. However, one day a nurse came to me and said I should not waste my time, that she had never seen anyone survive this and that I should say goodbye to my children and husband. I nearly cried myself to death.
Thelhq: what advice would you give to someone diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer?
Mum: The person has to have an ironclad determination, a strong will to survive. Most importantly the person has to trust in God.
Thelhq: Did surviving cancer change you in anyway?
Mum: Something as traumatic as that can never leave you the same, it either builds you or breaks you, and it nearly broke me, the first few years after being cleared, I kept thinking it would come back and that nearly broke me. However I decided to stand strong and go for everything that I’ve ever wanted and that decision made me live passionately. You see it all depends on your will.
This interview is in commemoration of WORLD CANCER DAY, to help raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention,detection and treatment.