Rays of Resilience

How Breast Cancer Gave One Woman the Courage to Follow a Lifelong Dream

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In December of 2008, Cheryl felt a lump in her breast. A mammogram and a couple of days of waiting revealed that she had breast cancer.

After going through the diagnosis, she decided it was now or never — and finally started to pursue a career in country music as a singer/songwriter. It was time to stop thinking about her dreams and start living them…if she made it through cancer, that is.

“All the thoughts go through your mind,” Cheryl says. “Your family, your children, you know, the life that you have now, and where’s it going — but the big thing that was going through my mind as I’m sitting in my music room and just thinking…I never dared to pursue my music career. And what if this is it?”

Surgery and radiation were difficult, but Cheryl made it through to the other side. She’s been a survivor for several years now and still sees her oncologist twice a year and gets a mammogram once a year to make sure it hasn’t come back. She believes she has a better life after cancer than she did before, because she empowered herself and got the courage to do something she’d always wanted to do.

Watch Cheryl and get inspired! There’s no better time to do the things you’ve always dreamed of!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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