Monday, October 26, 2015

Spotlight On Breast Cancer Awareness Month "I Win": LoftTalk @ Loft101.net Contributor {NIA - OCT 2015}



The month of October will come to an end on this coming Saturday but the fight to support breast cancer will not.  I do my very best to support anything that I can for breast cancer.  It's important to me and when I created Loft101.net, I knew I would also allow a platform to share on the awareness of breast cancerAs I closeout LoftTalk @ Loft101.net for October, I am pleased, overjoyed and honored to share a story from a young lady that I recently met at my church, New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD.  She is my sister in Christ and this story of her experience with breast cancer will touch you in a way that you will remember long after reading this post.  She is the Spotlight contributor this month at Loft101.net and I am pleased to share her story.  Nia Foggy won her battle with breast cancer and that's why the message of her story is: "I win." 

Please continue to support the fight for Breast Cancer and share the awarenessTell everyone you know to please log onto Loft101.net to read Nia's story and please leave her comments to let her know how much you appreciate her sharing her experience.  You can leave a comment at the very bottom of this post where it says "Please Leave a Comment for Deb and Join In To Share!" I'll make sure she sees every one of your comments and I'm sure she will want to respond to each of you!   
"Thanks Nia" for sharing, so unselfishly! Loft101.net appreciates you. 
"You are truly Awesome!"
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 "I WIN"  MY JOURNEY WITH BREAST CANCER 

BY NIA

             My journey with breast cancer began in March 2014. I discovered a small, bead like ball in my right breast one day and thought to myself "this is odd."  With a paternal  family history of breast cancer, I decided to see a doctor to have the tissue removed. A couple days later I listened to a voice mail from my surgeon instructing me to call him and I knew it was not good news. When I heard his words "there are cancer cells present in the tissue", I immediately felt fear, began to cry, and thought this is it! I asked the doctor to bring my husband into the room so I wasn't alone. We were both so shocked to hear this news, especially since I was so young (30 years old). I then went through a series of tests/surgeries. Cancer treatment is certainly a process and I wanted it to be completed quickly. I had a lumpectomy, four lymph nodes removed, CT scans, chemotherapy, radiation, and a final lumpectomy.




                I was so scared to lose my hair from chemotherapy. I was more concerned about that loss than the treatment itself. This was because I had absolutely no clue the effects chemotherapy would present. The side effects of chemotherapy were absolutely devastating. I wouldn't wish chemo on my worst enemy. Just imagine being so weak that you have to struggle to get out of the bed, move your two feet, walk steps and try to speak. That was me and I felt terrible. I received treatments every three weeks. The second week was the worst because that's when I felt the side effects the most. My hair began to fall out during the second week of my first round of treatments. My husband shaved my head for me.


                At the time, it seemed as though treatment would never end. After looking back, God walked me through nine months of cancer treatments and it went extremely fast. The staff at Maryland Oncology in Columbia were the best. I am forever indebted for their support and care. Today I am cancer free! "I win!"


At the beginning of my journey, my father told me "you're body is going to do what your mind tells it."   From that point I began to write positive affirmations around my home to keep a hopeful outlook on my journey. Cancer was a blessing. It has changed my outlook on life and caused me to be  more appreciative of life. To all of my "pink sisters" still fighting, I pray that you find the Lord working around you. Stay strong even though you feel the weakest. This too shall pass and there is a purpose in your journey. 


With Love and Prayers,
Nia

 
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