“Cancer is not a death sentence. It is certainly a valley and you do go through a storm, but coming out on the other side is triumphant.”
Like many women diagnosed with breast cancer, Missy, age 52 from Olathe, Kansas, remembers the exact moment she received her diagnosis.
“It was June 2014 and my husband, youngest daughter and I were taking a beach vacation and were on our way to meet our oldest daughter,” Missy says. “We were an hour away from town when I received a call from the surgeon. I recall saying matter-of-factly, ‘So, it’s cancer this time.’”
Unlike many women who receive the diagnosis, Missy felt a palpable sense of relief at the end of the conversation. “It wasn’t a complete shock to be diagnosed,” she says. “I was glad that, after 15 years of breast biopsies, I could finally take appropriate action.”