Diane Check: Breast Cancer Survivor Testimonial

Diane Check: Breast Cancer Survivor Testimonial


I remember being at work on a Wednesday
morning and nine o’clock my phone rings and I can see it’s the doctor’s office. I
could tell something was not right. I just remember with the phone call
putting it down and calling my husband and just bursting into tears and just
saying, “You know, I” – you have to say it, you can’t deny it, but I had to say,” You know, I have cancer.” I’m an encourager, so I realized that when I was diagnosed, that when I came out on the other end, I really wanted to be able to encourage
others because I realized that God chose me for this and if he was going to carry
me through, then I would go on the journey with him. When I was 53 years old
I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. It’s a new cancer. It’s an
aggressive cancer. It’s only been around for about 15 years. And it could be
pretty devastating if you don’t catch it early. Prior to going into this I loved
to write. I have journal books. I mean I journaled all the time. Every time I went to my chemotherapy or I came back, I had to write. I had to write about what I was
experiencing. If you don’t share with someone else, it’s a scary place
to be. In our area that we live in, we have many hospitals that are just
incredible with the care that they can give to you. But Fox Chase is a cancer
center and that’s why I chose them. When I met Dr. Boraas, I knew that that was going to be the hospital of choice. It’s not a big place when you get there, but
what happens inside those walls you just get the best care! And I was so grateful
to experience that and I had my radiation at Fox Chase – Buckingham.
They are incredible! When you get radiation, it’s a scary place to be. They – every step of the way – told me exactly what it was I was going to get done, and that’s what I appreciated the most. When you are a giver, like I am, to
receive is really hard. And, the only way to do that is to say, “Yes.” So, I had to
become vulnerable. I had to understand that they wanted me to be able to stop
and just let them take care of me. Life is so great today. I think back to, you know, five years ago and not even realizing what it would be like. Now that I’m
cancer-free, I’ve decided that I want to find some new things to do, and one of
them is drumming. And, I absolutely love it. I want to be able to say, you know,
“Life is given to us every day;” to just make that choice. You know am I going to be embracing it? Or, am I going to just sort of like push it aside? Well, I embrace it every day. I’m living more now, than I was then.
So, that’s the best part.

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