I came home from school, finished some homework and got ready to go
out to eat dinner with my family. I remember exactly what I was wearing -
a blue skirt, fitted black top and black chunky sandals.
It was 2001 and I was 15 years old.
My mom sat down on my bed next to me.
"I have breast cancer."
I don't remember what my first thought was, I don't even know if there was a first thought.
It was more like a large amount of rapid thoughts that flashed quickly and continuously.
My mom & me @ Relay For Life 2010
I do remember thinking, "My mom has breast cancer...My mom has breast cancer."
I knew my mom would have to fight. And I knew it would be a rough road.
I have to say, my trust and faith in God grew tremendously.
All I could do was put my confidence in the doctors that would be caring for my mom.
My mom & me in Carmel - February 2010
After surgery to remove the tumor and months of radiation my mom's cancer was in remission.
When I was a sophomore in college as I was walking to class I
received the phone call - my mom was finally cancer free.
Me, mom & my younger brother @ Relay For Life 2010