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Chapter Leader: Joy Wright
It’s been almost a year since I was diagnosed and I’m still not very comfortable with the term, “Cancer Survivor.” I’m Forever marked, Forever changed, and Forever Grateful…that pretty much sums up my life! I was 38 years old, a wife, a mother of 3 beautiful children 16, 12, and 6. I was in the prime of my career and about to be initiated in the 1st African American Sorority. It was challenging for me to say, “I have cancer,”…I consider it a blessing to say surviving cancer was a part of my story. On November 22, 2019 I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. I went to the doctor for my annual woman exam. The next week I got a call from my doctor asking me to come in for a Biopsy. The next week I got a call to come into the office to go over my test results. I knew something was wrong based on their call to come into the office. Normally, it would be a brief communication of great results. Everything seemed like a fog for me when I got the call to come to discuss my results. I listened to my doctor inform me that he would have to perform surgery by removing cancer from my cervix. He educated me on the process which were 3 different options of surgery. I decided to have a full hysterectomy to avoid any reoccurrence of cancer in my ovaries or uterus. I had the surgery December 19, 2019 and stayed in the hospital about 4 days. On January 5, 2020 I received my call that I was CANCER free. I did not have to experience chemo or radiation. I still squirm a little at “survivor” although I am so very grateful to be one. I developed a different outlook on life, a better understanding of people, as well as a spirit of gratitude. I plan on maintaining my health by maintaining a solid prayer life, keeping healthy relationships, eating healthy and exercising.
My favorite Words of Encouragement:
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I’m proud to be an example and to share my experiences with others. I look forward to working with other Cervical Cancer Patients and Survivors.
NCCC Memphis Chapter Leader
The NCCC Memphis Chapter was established in the memory of Lauren Wright Hobbs. Donna and Elaine Reflect on Lauren Wright Hobbs
Want to learn more about the chapter? Interested in volunteering for an upcoming event or fundraiser, or just getting more information? Contact Joy for more information