Special Edition: Bringing Out the “Breast” in You
It was no coincidence when I met her on the football field where both of our sons had been practicing and playing together for the past several months.
I contacted her via text message to let her know she was next on the snack list and to meet me at the field the following Wednesday.
When I met her face to face, I was captivated by her presence.
It was in her eyes.
Beautiful eyes like a Doe.
We hit it off immediately and began talking about ourselves and family background. It was then shared, she is a breast cancer SURVIVOR.
It wasn’t until days later, I felt God leading me to write about her story.
Meet Shannon Felder…
January 7, 2015 was the day of her diagnosis.
13 days later, on January 20th, she had a double mastectomy.
“All I remember are the sounds of Charlie Brown’s teacher when the doctor told me I had cancer”. “I cried”, she said.
“Then I went into SURVIVOR mode”.
Shannon displays powerful strength, boldness and courage. In such a short amount of time, she digested her situation and circumstances and went in for the fight of her life!
She is a true example of what it means to fight!
I had a list of questions to ask Shannon. Not to my surprise, she was thrilled to answer:
- In one word, describe how you felt when you found out you had breast cancer?
- What did you need most during this time?
- During diagnosis; more information
- Support for my children (picking them up from school)
- Alone time (after surgery and unmasking my breasts for the first time)
- Spousal companionship; to be told “you’re beautiful”
- To lighten things up, I told Shannon I wish I could get that from my husband. We laughed. 🙂
- Feel pretty (put on makeup)
- A sense of normalcy
- How did you feel about God? Did your diagnosis have an affect on your relationship with Him?
- I’m closer to Him
- I’m stronger
- There was NO ANGER towards Him
- I was shocked when Shannon said she had no anger. And like so many others, when she tells them this, they are shocked as well. There have been many times I have been angry at God for things that are in no comparison to having breast cancer. I was convicted. We can learn from Shannon for her tremendous TRUST in the Lord.
- I knew there was a reason
- My FAITH became bigger than my FEAR
- How can people support?
- Give to charity (research before you give)
- Make and/or give chemo packages to patients (it’s simple as going to the dollar store)
- Write cards to patients
- Call on the phone to encourage or just to listen
- Wear PINK
The Fullness of it All
I asked Shannon two final questions – how she was different today and what her breasts meant to her;
“I value the little things in life; seeing my kids on the football field and picking them up from school. I’d rather be tired than not be alive and I wake up everyday like it’s my birthday! Treasure everyday. Everyday is a blessing”.
Her breasts mean nothing to her. “It was harder for me to lose my hair over my breasts”, she expressed.
With a great BIG smile she concluded,
“I’m so much more than my breasts!
Here in the No Longer Ashamed Community, we support one another.
All for one and one for all.
Allow her story to bring out the “breast” in you!
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Peace and Blessings,