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Jennifer’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Jennifer's Story (Breast Cancer)I thought I was a fairly strong woman before March 8, 2012 with all I had been through in my life. Then I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer, which was the day my journey of being an even stronger woman than I could ever imagine began. It was a journey of tears, emotional pain, physical pain, joy, laughter, and sadness, drawing me closer to God, my friend’s and, my family. It is a journey I wouldn’t trade for anything.

In walking out of this journey of breast cancer I found an inner strength, with God’s help, that I didn’t know I had. I found an inner beauty that shined brighter than ever (even with a bald head). Along the way, I met incredible people on my treatment team, all of whom took a part in saving my life. I met other beautiful women walking this same journey, and we are now friends for life. We didn’t choose the journey, but we found strength in each other’s stories along the way.

At the beginning of this journey my prayer was, “God, if you are going to allow this in my life, I want you to use my story in a big way. I want anyone who knows me or knows of me to be impacted by how I walk this out.” That prayer has been answered over and over again. So many people have told me that the way I have walked out of this journey has truly inspired them. Especially when it comes to facing challenges in life. This makes every tear and every pain worth it.

This journey I have walked has led me to my destination of survivor ship! It is here where I have learned to love more deeply, and to not take even the smallest things in life for granted. I have learned what it means to fully rely on God. I have a deeper appreciation for life; it is so fragile. I now know there is NOTHING that I can’t conquer. I have a deeper seeded joy that I would have never had without this journey because I am a survivor.
I thank God that I am a survivor! Cancer didn’t take my life! Neither did a motorcycle accident that I had between chemo and radiation where I broke both of my legs. I am stronger, I care deeper, I smile bigger, and love life more than ever. I am forever changed in amazing ways because of all of this.

Submitted 7-16-2013

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Mary

    Jennifer – your story has brought tears to my eyes as I too have fought these same battles. I was diagnosed in December 2012 and I have fought my way through many rounds of chemo and will finishing radiation very soon. I too have learned to love more and care deeply for the every day simple things. I remember on more than one occasion, “God I have gotten myself up today can you please help me get through my day.” He has never left my side. Family and friends are a wonderful support. Keeping fighting like a Girl!

    • Jenifer Niederwerfer

      Mary… glad you are almost done with radiation! Keep going girl! Don’t know if you have to go through reconstruction surgeries, but if you do, continue to stay strong! It isn’t always an easy journey, but it builds character and strength! God bless you on your journey!

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