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Thelma's Cancer Journey

Following surgery in May 2014, Thelma embarked on a year-long chemo protocol, supplemented by 22 radiation treatments. During this time, her husband, Michael, was diagnosed with lymphoma and renal failure.

“He lost his appetite and weight and just didn’t feel right,” she recalls, “all while supporting me, coming to appointments and caring for me when I wasn’t feeling well.”

Thelma and her husband reeled from the unexpected news, admitting it was “even more devastating than when I initially received my cancer diagnosis.” Thelma’s sister and church family rallied while she and Michael went through chemotherapy simultaneously and shared their story with others.

“It was a rough journey,” Thelma admits. “My mother also passed while we were undergoing treatments and Michael was required to start dialysis.”

Now, two years following her diagnosis, Thelma is visiting Dr. Rokkam every three months and has a mammogram twice a year. Her husband is also in remission.