My name is Minette and I am a Breast and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, and this is my story.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 I went through 2 lumpectomies, radiation and chemo. After I was cleared, I was not feeling right after nine months. My hair had just begun to grow back and I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphnoma and under went 6 rounds of chemo. I lost my hair again.
As a teacher I did not want my students to feel that this was my death sentence so I planned all my treatments around when I could be in the classroom and show them that I define my life, not cancer.
I learned to let go and let God take the reins while I lived. Many people have come in my life who are beginning their journey and I become their cheerleader in fighting the battle. I did not get angry or sad I gave myself 10 crying cancer cards (I still have 3 left) but I was determined to survive.
I beat one and the other will come back some day, but until then it is day by day and a true blessing to have each and everyone of them. When I thought I was done with chemo after 4 rounds I brought cupcakes to the staff then they told me I needed two more. I was so angry over that I swore I would not bring cupcakes ever again. Needless to say I did on the final round. Each test is nerve racking and scary every 6 months but every time I celebrate the “all clear” just like I hear at school when we practice lock downs and hear those magic words of “ all clear all clear” it has meaning of being a Survivor.