Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I always waited until right after the first of the year to schedule my routine medical check-ups and 1996 was no different.
I went to see my regular doctor and asked him for a script to get a routine mammogram at Chilton Memorial Hospital.
While there, I was told that something showed up on the mammogram but the advice of the doctors there was to return in 6 months to see if anything had changed.
My regular doctor was not hearing that and sent me, quickly, to another doctor who actually did an ultra-sound. Then from there I was sent to a lab that actually did another ultra-sound and a needle biopsy. I was sent home and told to call the next day.
So right around my 50th birthday on January 14, 1996, I was told that it was cancer and that I should make an appointment immediately with a breast surgeon, which I did. His advice was a lumpectomy. All of this happened within a week.
A few days after surgery the report came back that in 15 lymph nodes that were removed from under my left arm, there was a microscopic spec of cancer and I was sent to an Oncologist.
Boy, was I angry! God was in my life but I had not grown to trust Him as I should. I was advised to have chemo-therapy and then radiation which took about one year in total. I did this kicking and screaming the entire time. I am thinking that my anger might have gotten me through all the sickness and depression.

I purchased this bracelet from Laura of ShadowCutter on October 27, 2010 and aside from the cards I made for my shop it has been my only physical symbol until NOW.
BELOW is the beautiful jewelry holder purchased by my wonderful friend Jennifer/Aloquin from Jennifer/ElegantQuirk.  What a sweet surprise.  I love you all.

Part 2 next week.


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

How scary for you and thankfully your doctor took immediate action! I can't stand when doctors put you off and say come back in 6 months! You have a wonderful testimony going here....looking forward to part 2.

Aloquin said...

Sue- I am so glad you received it :) I purchased a pink Breast Cancer wristband (Faith & Courage) last week... I wear it for you. I love you, Sue.

Jennifer said...

I love to hear you testimony and I am so so so glad that I could be apart of a wonderful surprise for you. You certainly deserve it, Sue! :)

Lorrie Esposito said...

Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life. Definitely a teachable moment on so many levels. We all love and care for you Sue. You are a blessing to all of us CASTers :-)

Kim said...

Sue, thank you for sharing your story with us!!! What an amazing testimony you have and what an example you can be for others going through similar battle. Thank you . . you really are a blessing:)


Recovered Fundie said...

It was God's blessing that your doctor would not listen to the radiologist. Cancer is not something to mess with. Thank you for sharing this with us. :0)


Mechelle said...

Sue you are such an encouragement to me and others. Thank God He has sustained you after all of these years.

Luella Newkirk said...

You are such a blessing Sue! I thank God that He has overseen all these things in your walk with Him. He is greatly to be praised!!

Sheila Fisher said...

Sue, God always gives us the strength we need even if we don't realize it at the time of the crisis. Now you are here to remind us of that!
We love you

*~Niki~* said...

So glad your doctor was on top of it for you. You are a blessing to us all Sue, we are so thankful you are here. Blessings Niki x

Julie Blanck said...

Sue, I love your openness to share this. God is so amazing in how he works!

Chari said...

Wow so glad you are ok and God helped you through it!

I LOVE the jewelry holder! Breathtaking!!!

~Be inspired!