Ladies! Let's Talk About It.
Anthonia Yinka’s Survivor Story
In October 2009, I was experiencing bouts of nausea, fatigue and increasing weight gain. I was concerned about the symptoms, but had also ruled it out thinking it was due to my Thyroid Imbalance.
By the end of November, my pain and nausea became unbearable and I visited an endocrinologist. I spent several days completing various tests and was finally diagnosed with Medullary Thyroid Cancer that needed immediate surgery for a high chance of survival. To prove the doctors wrong, I requested for a second opinion and completed another biopsy.
The result came back the same! I needed surgery as-soon-as-possible to survive.
Initially, I would need surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation with two major surgeries within 3 weeks. But upon the completion of the first surgery that lasted 12 hours, with God’s divine intervention – the other required surgeries, the chemo and radiation was not required anymore. Just medication.
My reaction: shock and disbelief. While I didn’t tell many friends or other family members what was wrong. My husband and I wallowed in deep thoughts and prayed harder for a breakthrough.
I had so many unanswered questions about the diagnosis, The American Cancer Society helped explained many things and helped me through different steps. They’d told me if it’s 3am, and I’m awake, call American Cancer Society. That meant a lot to me.” But truly the best comfort of all came from knowing God was ever present and healing me.
Today, I am a Survivor, totally healed with no evidence of cancer! To exhibit God’s awesomeness in my life – I was blessed with a baby girl post-surgery – against all odds and human comprehension!
To raise a PLATFORM of awareness by letting people know – it is OKAY to talk about it! To educate others about it! To share resources or information on how to get help! To find a CURE!
Because EVERY ONE of us has been affected by cancer, one way or the other – and because WE all deal/handle it differently based on our culture, religious belief or social orientation. But – we still need to talk about it – by helping someone else handle it – Emotionally!
Only someone who knows what you’re going through, and looks like you, can understand the pain and emotions you are feeling, no matter how small or large those feelings are.”
“Even though some of the things are over with, they’re not really over with until we have shared our stories by encouraging someone else, who also knows someone going through it – Give someone HOPE today! Spread the awareness!!
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