We will fill October with hope and healing stories from those who survived the storm of Breast Cancer. Today we read a story from gospel artist Rita Gore. Thank you for sharing your story.
On November 8, 2005, Rita Gore, a high school math teacher, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast.
Gore, now 49, had gone to her doctor’s office for a Pap smear and annual exam, and they suggested she get a mammogram while she was there. Gore knew she was due for one soon, so she agreed.
“Then they called and said, ‘We found something. We need to do a biopsy. We just need to check it out,'” Gore recalls.
A few days later, while at school, Gore got crushing news: she had stage I breast cancer.
“It was like my whole world was falling apart,” Gore says. “I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I went into my office and I stood there and I just started crying.”
Gore had a lumpectomy in late November, and started chemotherapy and radiation soon after. During treatment, she found strength in her students.
“I really saw a side of my kids that I hadn’t seen before: their compassion. They gave me a lot of strength as I went through the chemo and the radiation. They always had positive things to say. They gave me notes of encouragement. They gave me little gifts of appreciation.”
She also had a lot of support from her family and colleagues. She also found comfort and strength in prayer.
“My diagnosis brought everyone that was a part of my life even closer. We are wiser, and we have a better appreciation now for life and our blessings.”
You can write your story and feel free to include at picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me between 10 and 3 weekdays and I can record your testimony to be included during Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 313-298-1027. ~Randi
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.To find out more on screening, treatments and how you can support the efforts to eradicate breast cancer click the picture.
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