Peggy’s Story

Peggy’s Story

It was the day after Easter, just a few weeks before my 44th birthday, when I was told I had breast cancer. I remember sitting across the table from my husband as we tried to wrap our minds around what the future held. We had the hope and inspiration of my mom, who is a 23 year breast cancer survivor. However, we also knew the grim reality of this disease, as we had lost my cousin’s wife to breast cancer just a few weeks before.

We held hands and determined that we would not live in fear of cancer, but trust God to walk us through each step of the journey, no matter what that entailed. God has been our strength and peace ever since! I ultimately had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction, which meant I would not need radiation treatment. The tumor and lymph nodes were tested and it was determined that the cancer was not very aggressive, which meant that chemo would not be necessary.

Within about 5 months, I had gone from diagnosis to recovering from the final reconstruction surgery. I’m in awe of how much I have been spared! I still don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that breast cancer did not take away from my life. Instead, it made me trust God deeper, say more “I love you’s” to my family, and have a greater hope for life.