Rays of Resilience

She Decided She Could Fight Cancer With God Or Without; She Chose With

Rays of Resilience: 31 Stories in 31 Days. So many people around the world have been affected by breast cancer, yet no two breast cancer journeys are the same. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re celebrating a new survivor every day. Their resilience is an inspiration to us all.


My name is Sheila.

The moment I heard my breast cancer diagnosis on December 15, 2015, I felt numb all over. I felt like I couldn’t breathe and I just starting crying.

I thought so many things in that one hour. I was so thankful for the findings on the mammograms and ultrasound and biopsy, because I felt no lump.

I continued with a lumpectomy, radiation treatments, and now I take a daily hormone chemotherapy pill, which I’ll continue to take for five years.

I decided that I can have cancer with God or without, and I choose with God. In those moments I feel alone when nobody understands me, I know that God does. My husband of 36 years is very supportive and he promised to love me through it all.

Some days are more difficult than others as far as pain and weakness goes; I just pamper myself and rest those days. They usually are quiet days. On the good days, I feel stronger. I exercise and do normal tasks like housekeeping, and my hubby and I bowl in a league.

Life has certainly taken on a new perspective. I live each day to the fullest, and cherish each moment.

I use my good china. I wear my jewelry, I wear my favorite outfit. I eat and drink my favorite food, I watch my favorite tv and movies. I read my bible or something encouraging, to make me smile. I call my family and connect with them because life is too short.

I know that any year when it’s mammogram time, the findings can change things in a second.

God gave me this verse the day of my diagnosis. I want to share it. “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” Luke 1:45

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