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Member Spotlight: Meet Michelle

fight like a girl club member spotlightSeptember was the month I was diagnosed with cancer. I had awakened with terrible abdominal pain in my stomach and took myself into emergency.  As soon as I arrived I was admitted.  They ran many tests and came in to tell me that I had a large abdominal mass and it needed to be removed as soon as possible.  The next day I was scheduled for surgery. After 9 1/2 hours, they came out to tell my mom that they had removed a 7 1/2 pound tumor that had spread to both ovaries and to the large intestine.  My mom told me that they told her to go home and start making funeral arrangements – that I would be gone within 3 months.  When I awoke, my family was all around my bedside and a docter was there to give me the news.  At that point I couldn’t say anything and, when my family went home, I cried hard.  The doctors told me that we could try chemo – it would have to be very aggressive – and it could cure me or it could kill me.  My thoughts were ‘what do I have to lose?’

I took a very aggressive 6 months of chemo. My hair, my eyebrows and even my toe nails and fingernails fell out – but I made it through all of that.  I got involved with others who had cancer and also became a volunteer at the hospital to give hope to others. When I felt sorry for myself I took a trip to the cancer ward at Children’s hospital and when I saw all of the kids that had cancer I stopped feeling sorry for myself.  It was a long hard battle but now I’m happy to say that I made it.  I was given three months to live September 9, 1989 and I just celebrated my 21 year remmision.  I’m doing fine now cancer-free and loving life.  Cancer taught me a number of things.  I learned that cancer knows no age, color, or race – in some way or another it affects us all.  I’m thankful and ready to live my life to the fullest.  Cancer introduced me to who I am – and I like who I met.

This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

3 comments

  1. monya williams

    Love this story it gives HOPE to all of us …. ATTITUDE is everything.

  2. Weatherly

    Very sad but inspirational story! Congratulations Michelle, keep fighting.

  3. Tawnia Nelson

    I love you auntie Chelle, I met you right after this journey and you were instantly a favorite person in my life. You had such drive , love, and passion for life. You were an inspiration to myself and my mom, and continue to be even 20+ years later. You are beyond words a very good blessing in my life and I am so blessed that I got to watch your life change and teach us how to live. I love you always.

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