Before and after cancer

Before and after cancer

There are 52 comments on the TheTimesTribune.com story from Oct 17, 2008, titled Before and after cancer. In it, TheTimesTribune.com reports that:

By Samantha Swindler / Managing Editor Throughout the diagnoses, the radiation and the eventual loss of her left breast, Lela Peace never cried.

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Amazing

Clarksville, TN

#1 Oct 17, 2008
Wow, such courage is amazing. God bless this brave woman and her husbanc.Hope she lives to be 100.
Crazy talk

United States

#2 Oct 17, 2008
Amazing wrote:
Wow, such courage is amazing. God bless this brave woman and her husbanc.Hope she lives to be 100.
I agree! My mom died of cancer, not of the breast, but still anyone with cancer affects me. With the strides that medical science is making with research and developing cures, one day I hope for ALL cancer to be obsolete!
Blessed Child

Eubank, KY

#3 Oct 17, 2008
Lela is definitely a child of God. I am currently going through treatment for breast cancer and God has blessed me with peace and humor. I've lost both breasts, am bald and going through the change. Believe you me, there is a lot of humor that has come out of this situation and God has helped me see that this is not the end of the world. I will be victorious regardless of the outcome. Like Lela, I have been too blessed through all this to feel sorry for myself or be depressed. God has allowed me not to waste this opportunity to minister to people daily that is going through the same thing I am going through. He sends me people to encourage and help and through this I am extremely blessed.
susie

London, KY

#4 Oct 17, 2008
MY prayers go out to you and all others.
Crazy talk

United States

#5 Oct 17, 2008
Blessed Child wrote:
Lela is definitely a child of God. I am currently going through treatment for breast cancer and God has blessed me with peace and humor. I've lost both breasts, am bald and going through the change. Believe you me, there is a lot of humor that has come out of this situation and God has helped me see that this is not the end of the world. I will be victorious regardless of the outcome. Like Lela, I have been too blessed through all this to feel sorry for myself or be depressed. God has allowed me not to waste this opportunity to minister to people daily that is going through the same thing I am going through. He sends me people to encourage and help and through this I am extremely blessed.
My mom was the same way! The only time she ever really got "down" was when she thought about having to "leave" me. We were VERY close and she knew that I would take her death ten times harder than my brother. I was 17 when she was diagnosed and 21 when she passed. It wasn't a surprise, we knew that she had less than a 1% chance of living through it. It was caught entirely too late. But she gave a good fight for exactly 3 years, 6 months and 9 days. She always taught us to find the humor in things that can be considered "hard times", because humor can help you see your way through! It elevates your mood and makes you fight that much harder.

Have you tried imagining your cancer away? I can't think of the exact term for it right now but what you do is sit quietly and imagine the cancer in your body and then watch it slowly get smaller and smaller, until it goes away completely. A LOT of studies have been done on this and they say that it helps cancer patients improve and even become cancer-free. Lots of prayers will be going out to you and I wish you well and many blessings in your fight against your cancer!

Since: Oct 08

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#6 Oct 18, 2008
Im a cancer survivor. I was only 15 when I starting betting sick. I had just turned 18 when they finally figured out what was wrong with me. I surgery, chemo and radiation. The whole 9 yards. Now Im married and have two beautiful teenage boys and a step daughter. My heart goes out to anyone who has to deal with cancer regardless if they have it or cares for someone else that does. I worry everyday about if it may ever come back. I also thank God everyday that I survived and had the change to have my children. The only advise that I can give for people who deals with this is to hang in there, do alot of praying and live life to its fullest because you never know what may happen.
Crazy talk

United States

#7 Oct 18, 2008
a simple girl wrote:
Im a cancer survivor. I was only 15 when I starting betting sick. I had just turned 18 when they finally figured out what was wrong with me. I surgery, chemo and radiation. The whole 9 yards. Now Im married and have two beautiful teenage boys and a step daughter. My heart goes out to anyone who has to deal with cancer regardless if they have it or cares for someone else that does. I worry everyday about if it may ever come back. I also thank God everyday that I survived and had the change to have my children. The only advise that I can give for people who deals with this is to hang in there, do alot of praying and live life to its fullest because you never know what may happen.
Amen to that! I think it's wonderful that you're doing so well! I will keep you in my prayers too. You sound very blessed!
in our prayers

United States

#8 Oct 19, 2008
I will be praying for you!
Daughter of A Firefighter

AOL

#9 Oct 19, 2008
My Grandmother died of cancer back in April and I'm still trying to cope with it because it's hard to go to where she lived and her not be there or when I have kids and get married..

Since: Oct 08

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#10 Oct 22, 2008
To a Daughter of a Firefighter, I lost my dad 7 years ago. Not to cancer but to a heart attack. Its still hard for me at times. I got married recently and I cried for days before my wedding, I miss my dad and always will just like you will your grandmother. I wish I knew what to say to make you feel better but the only thing that helps is time. Eventually when you go places that she would have been you will think about good memorys and not just the pain of her not being there. You will miss her and be sad that she cant enjoy all the great things in your life. It hurts me because I have children that was very close to my father and when they was younger they would ask if I thought that their grandpa could see things that they done and I would tell them yes, that I believed God would let him see all they good things that they done and how big they had grown. Just hang in there, time makes everything more bearable.
Blessed Child

Eubank, KY

#11 Oct 22, 2008
Today is celebration day for me. I finished my last radiation treatment!!!! It has been a tough year but God has been with me every step of the way. Found out I had cancer on Valentines Day, had surgery in March, started chemo on tax day April 15th and after 6 chemos and 33 radiation treatments, it's over. Praise God for all the prayers and support from all the wonderful people in my church family, work family and even many strangers that chose to pray for me this year. There will be life after cancer.

Since: Oct 08

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#12 Oct 23, 2008
Blessed Child wrote:
Today is celebration day for me. I finished my last radiation treatment!!!! It has been a tough year but God has been with me every step of the way. Found out I had cancer on Valentines Day, had surgery in March, started chemo on tax day April 15th and after 6 chemos and 33 radiation treatments, it's over. Praise God for all the prayers and support from all the wonderful people in my church family, work family and even many strangers that chose to pray for me this year. There will be life after cancer.
Im happy for you. Im always happy to hear that someone beat cancer. You hear of more and more people lately who has it. More young people especially. I hope your remission goes well. Hope that God continues to watch over you. Just keep the faith and cherish everyday.
Daughter of a Firefighter

AOL

#13 Oct 23, 2008
To "a simple girl".. Thank you for that I really needed to know that someone knows what is going on and how hard it is to cope with the pain.. Will I'm getting married in the next 5 months and it's killinf me now to now that she isn't going to be there to share that moment with and it's killing me...
REDBONE

Villa Rica, GA

#14 Oct 27, 2008
Hey everyone i've read all of you all situations and comments. I tell you, youu all are very inspiring to me. I found out about a month 1/2 ago, that I had stage two breast cancer. I had both removed and three lymph nodes from my left arm which I can't left that much because of that. I THANK GOD also because they caught it at an early stage. I just had a muga scan to test my heart to see how much chemo I will have to undergo. I will find out sometime next week what type of chemo I will have to take. I tell you I have days when I cry not because I don't believe God won't bring me thru but because it's like you walking into a dark room and don't know what to expect; even though you have read and had discussions. I am a strong believer in God. But I also know that there are other survivors that can talk to me and encourage and be a living testimony that it is a long process but its do able. Hope to hear from someone anyone. Thank you to all who was brave enough to share your experience with people you don't know.

Since: Oct 08

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#15 Oct 27, 2008
To Redbone, I hate to hear what you are dealing with. I had surgery and 12 treatments of chemo and 25 treatments of radiation. They was times that I just wanted to give up but I didnt. I had friends and family, especially my dad that refused to let me stop. Half way through the chemo I didnt think I could take anymore, I was sick my hair was falling out and my veins was getting so hard that they couldnt get needles in them anymore. I didnt give up. I was young and I wanted to live. I always said if it ever came back that I couldnt do it again but now I have my kids and I would have to fight, I couldnt give up. I made it once and got to have my kids, now Im just hoping to see my grandkids, not anytime soon hopefully Im only 36, but hopefully in the near future. Just hang in there. Pray alot and when you think you just cant take anymore. Pray. Pray. Pray. And look around at the people you love and the people that love you. If you ever feel like you just cant do it for yourself anymore think about doing it for them.
williamsburg-mom

Middlesboro, KY

#16 Oct 27, 2008
Everone of you really makes me think of how much people takes for granted. It really inspires me to read the comments you have wrote and to smile to know that more and more people are surviving cancer, but not only adults but children.I took my son to UK hospital and we seen some kids he is only 9 and he didnt understand why the kids didnt have hair. God Bless You Everyone.
Blessed Child

London, KY

#17 Oct 27, 2008
REDBONE wrote:
Hey everyone i've read all of you all situations and comments. I tell you, youu all are very inspiring to me. I found out about a month 1/2 ago, that I had stage two breast cancer. I had both removed and three lymph nodes from my left arm which I can't left that much because of that. I THANK GOD also because they caught it at an early stage. I just had a muga scan to test my heart to see how much chemo I will have to undergo. I will find out sometime next week what type of chemo I will have to take. I tell you I have days when I cry not because I don't believe God won't bring me thru but because it's like you walking into a dark room and don't know what to expect; even though you have read and had discussions. I am a strong believer in God. But I also know that there are other survivors that can talk to me and encourage and be a living testimony that it is a long process but its do able. Hope to hear from someone anyone. Thank you to all who was brave enough to share your experience with people you don't know.
There will be days that you will want to scream and days that you will feel blessed. There is days that I just feel like saying, Lord, losing my hair, my boobs, my strength just really sucks. But He will then send me someone to encourage me or I see some humor in my situation that puts a smile on my face. Just hang in there. It is truly a one day at a time journey you are facing. I too am newly diagnosed. Just finished 6 chemos and 33 radiation treatments. Praise the Lord!!! I am here if you need me and there are other ladies that have gone through it that can help you cope. I will pray for you and be looking for your comments if you need support or just to hear some words of funny wisdom.
Living On

United States

#18 Oct 29, 2008
God bless all of you who have been touched by cancer in one way or another. I have lost 2 parents and 1 in-law to it. I am now a 6 year survior and living on. Chemo and radiation is hard to handle but it is worth the struggle. My best advice I can give is lean on the Lord and look for the blessings that cancer can bring. I recieved many. Lots of love and prayers some from people I didn't even know. It even brought my broken family back together as they rallied to support me. Now I have been able to help other women who have been told they too had breast cancer. Stay strong, give it all you got. Those who love you will thank-you for Living On.
beyond blessed

London, KY

#19 Oct 30, 2008
I am a mother of a child who is a cancer survivor and I also am a cancer surviver, I count my blessings every day. the most important thing is to have Jesus in your life, so that when things like this come upon us we have a master that made us and a master that will keep us no matter what the outcome. We can be a winner either way if we go or if we stay, God bless all of you, it is a tough journey but God will give you strength if you just ask.
friend

Dahlonega, GA

#20 Oct 30, 2008
beyond blessed wrote:
I am a mother of a child who is a cancer survivor and I also am a cancer surviver, I count my blessings every day. the most important thing is to have Jesus in your life, so that when things like this come upon us we have a master that made us and a master that will keep us no matter what the outcome. We can be a winner either way if we go or if we stay, God bless all of you, it is a tough journey but God will give you strength if you just ask.
What kind oof cancer did you and your child have?

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