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Nadia Strong current feature on TucsonWeekly.com.
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Hi, I'm Roxy :). My crazy journey started in 1992 when I was 36 and my precious daughter was only 7. When the Dr told me I had cancer I started to laugh instead of cry. I knew I had to stay strong for my Angelpuff. I was teaching at the time and everything happened so fast. Mammo, biopsy and surgery in a week.
As I look back I can see the good Lord's hand in all of this. It was scary and difficult for myself and my daughter. I was told I needed chemo and radiation. I chose to do only radiation. During this time, I was getting weak and developed pnuemonitis. During radiation I had 2nd degree burns. Not funny then but now I look back and can laugh.
The Doctor told me to put aloevera and I sizzled up with blisters. I honestly had an overwhelming fear that I wasn't going to be around for Tiffany. I was quite weak and was still working and in bed by 7 pm.
Tiffany as a 7 year old would try to make me eat and would make me little sandwiches at night and feed me as I lay down. I cry as I write this because this little one was scared she was going to lose me, but in reality she gave me strength to want to live live live for her.
Phil 4:13 would come to my heart and we'd recite I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. Tiffany would sing "I cast all my cares upon you and evey time, I'd feel better. My princess, my helper was by my side 100%. Family and friends would come over to help, but my little trooper was the one with me constantly. God has directed, empowered and enlightened us in life. Years went on and you live it well hoping and praying for the best.
In 2007 the cancer came back like a crazy world wind. It came back worse than the first and I needed a mastectomy this time. All of my doctors wanted me to have chemo and I chose not to. I felt comfortable enough to do natural infusions at the Swan Clinic.
Isiah 41:10 was quite powerful and came alive more than every "Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you with my righteous righ t hand.
This was another very scary time in our lives. Probably more scary than the first time. The expander that was in me became infected and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. I have tried to eat healthy and exercise. This past year has been one of a challenge itself. Breaking my leg and not being able to exercise has been difficult. I still try to eat healthy which is important in our lives.
I do not tell you any of this to scare you but to encourage you to ENJOY life, smell the roses, love love love and forgive. Life is more precious than silver and gold and diamonds. I give all the honor and glory to my maker for allowing me to live this long.
Nominated in collaboration with The Nadia Strong Foundation for American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer May Survivor of the Month.