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The Carthage Press
  • Relay for Life: One call changes everything


  • For Cindy Wilson, like so many others, one call changed her life forever.


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  • For Cindy Wilson, like so many others, one call changed her life forever.

    It was the dreaded call. The infamous call. It was her doctor calling to tell her the results of her biopsy had come back.

    In March of 2008, Wilson found a small lump on her breast, so she did the responsible, recommended thing. She had a mammogram. The lump didn’t show up on the mammogram, so she had an ultrasound. It didn’t seem serious, and Wilson was told to just keep an eye one it.

    However, within a few months, the lump had gotten much bigger. Wilson’s doctor decided to do a biopsy.

    “Before the biopsy, and even after, the doctor told me it was probably nothing, that I didn’t need to worry,” Wilson said. “Then he called me back. And that was the worst day of my life. It was cancer.”

    Wilson had about an hour and a half to make a life-altering decision, whether to have a complete mastectomy or a partial lumpectomy. And she didn’t even know what stage she was in.

    “I didn’t understand why such major decisions had to be made at that particular point when you don’t know where you’re at with the cancer,” Wilson said.

    Wilson decided to go with the lumpectomy, but the damage was still very severe. They also installed a port in her shoulder, and chemotherapy started immediately. Before it was all over, Wilson had three types of chemotherapy, seven weeks of radiation and a blood transfusion.

    “During treatment, it’s hard,” Wilson said. “I prayed a lot. I know I had a lot of friends praying for me.”

    Wilson said she also got her affairs in order so her family wouldn’t have to deal with it, just in case things went for the worse.

    Thankfully, that did not happen. Wilson has been in remission for four years and she has grown back a wonderful head of hair. She finished reconstruction surgery one month ago.

    “I’m in a lot of pain, but I’m happy,” Wilson said with a huge grin.

    Wilson believes in Relay for Life because it provides opportunities and support she didn’t have when she was going through treatment.

    “Relay for Life is a great encouragement, and I didn’t have that at the time, and that’s why I do it,” Wilson said. “Not only to help find a cure, but to help others and be a positive mentor for them.”

     

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