BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Name: Wanda August

Age: 46

Occupation: Parent Facilitator Ascension Parish School System

Family: Mother of Tre' Skidmore and daughter of Kenneth and Bernice August

Diagnosis / date: Infiltrating Ductual Carcinoma, 1/29/04

Long-term outlook: My long-term outlook is to always pray, thank God for my healing, and enjoy life with family and friends at its fullest potential. I will continue to support others that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and their family members. I will continue to promote breast cancer awareness and stress the importance of early detection by doing yearly mammograms, clinical breast exams and breast self examinations.

Advice for women who were recently diagnosed: It is important that you accept where you are at this moment in life understanding that you did nothing wrong, follow your treatment plan, keep a journal, remain optimistic, believe that you are healed before total proof, and remain optimistic. Cancer is not bigger than GOD.

Feel free to enjoy life, attend breast cancer conferences, participate in breast cancer awareness programs, and Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thin own understanding in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6.

1. When were you diagnosed? I was diagnosed with Infiltrating Ductal Carinoma in Situ breast cancer, Jan. 29, 2004.

2. When you found out, what did it mean to you? Initially, I had mixed emotions. However, being reared on the promises of God through my parents, grandparents, family, the Emmanuel Baptist Church family I was assured that I would be victorious. I felt that God was going to perform a miracle so others could see his goodness.

3. What was your next step? I had to believe in my healing before total proof. I embraced my inner strength with determination. I build a rapport with my physicians, and my mother kept a journal. I had a lumpectomy on February 18, 2004. I went through six treatments of chemo, 33 days of radiation, and five years of tamoxifin.

4. How long have you been a survivor? I have been a survivor for eight years.

5. What advice can you offer to others about being aware? Please be aware of any changes in the breast and do monthly examinations, yearly mammograms, and breast exams by your doctor.

6. Why is it important to you to get checked? Women diagnosed with breast cancer early, have a higher chance of surviving it.

Anything else you would like to add?

Cancer is not bigger than God. Therefore, focus on the promises of God. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths…Proverbs 3: 5-6