Article Written and Interview by: Debbie Stokes
I remember years ago during the days when I owned a beauty salon, one of my customers came in with watered-filled eyes, and when she saw me she burst into tears. She was so distraught she made me cry. She wasn’t talking like she normally did.
After a minute of me realizing this wasn’t a temporary state she was experiencing, I mean she was really struggling with something, I finally asked, “What’s wrong?”
Tears poured out and her face was literally soaked.
She looked at me and said, “Debbie, I have breast cancer and they want to take one of my breast.”
I was in shock but I knew I couldn’t let her see it. I didn’t want to make her feel any worse. Actually, I didn’t know what to say. The truth is I had never known anyone with breast cancer.
For the first time, I was speechless.
Her next words shook me to the core, “I would rather die before I let them take my breast,” she said.
I knew I was in over my head. I was always used to giving advice and words of encouragement but this time words escaped me… until God stepped in.
He gave me clarity. He gave me the words I needed.
I looked at her and then hugged her. “I’m here for you whenever you need me and we can make it through this. You are not going to have to have your breast removed,” I told her because God spoke it into my spirit.”
I knew she didn’t have a daughter and she looked at me as like one.
She looked me in my eyes and her eyes dried up. Her lips began to spread across her face as her teeth peeked through. I was happy when she lightly smiled.
It was as if a sense of calming came upon her and I knew it was God. He stepped in.
Immediately following that incident, she went to business as usual (talking). She wasn’t afraid anymore.
At her next doctor’s appointment, it was recommended by her doctor to have radiation treatment to see if that would clear the cancer up first. She started the treatments a short time later, and stopped coming to my salon because she lost all her hair.
After her treatments stopped, her hair grew back. It worked; she was cancer free.
She came back and I gave her a new hairstyle. She cried uncontrollably, this time because she was restored and a new woman.
There are stories like my customer’s story everywhere.
Early detection is key. We have to be proactive about getting our checkups, mammograms, and with paying attention to our bodies.
Listen along as Wanda Briscoe shares her story of survival and triumph, and gives you insight into why you should get your mammogram. Hopefully, you will be inspired to share this story with other women.
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