“Hope is faith; knowing that God is in control and will guide my way. Hope is strength. Hope is faith. Hope is God.”
Two-time breast cancer survivor, Vicki Harris shares that her experience amplified her life, values and direction. Her first diagnosis was at 43 and she endured lumpectomy, radiation and chemo which were to assure a 98% chance of no recurrence. At 59, a new cancer therapy was discovered through a mammogram. Vicki openly shared that a double mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy and lifelong medications were reminders that she can do everything with God’s help.
Breast cancer led Vicki to evaluate her life, relationships and work balance. Vicki shared that her diagnosis was a reminder of who is in charge and who she must rely on. She demonstrates that she controls her attitude and faith; however, other aspects of the journey were out of her control such as her hair loss and her body changes.
Breast cancer has had a profound impact on Vicki. She admitted that “she embraces the brown ribbon of denial” that cancer has overtaken her life. Vicki is the same person she was before breast cancer with her energy, positive attitude and love of life. These are all key and constant factors in her life.