First and foremost, I am alive today thanks to God’s intervention. Kidney cancer is a non-symptomatic type of cancer that many discover when it is too late. When my cancer was found, it was on the edge of spreading.
Dr. Noel Lopez followed his intuition and ordered an ultrasound, due to my lingering side pain and low-grade fever. The ultrasound results came in and indicated a suspicious tumor. Dr. Lopez then sent me to McAllen North Imaging, where I underwent a CT scan. The general manger of McAllen North Imaging named Angel Garza, is a true angel. He called me and said to get to the doctor immediately. He would not tell me why, but I could hear the urgency in his voice.
The worst was confirmed. I was told I had the big “C.” No one can understand what it is like to be told you have cancer unless you are faced with it front and center. As dramatic as it sounds, you become another person from that point on. Your life will never ever be the same again.
You know the saying, “God only gives you what you can handle.” It is so very true! I always feared what it would be like to be told, “You have cancer.” The reason I thought about it was because of my “Breaking Barriers,” feature at Channel 5. For seventeen years, I interviewed breast cancer survivors and was astonished with the strength of each of the women. I always told them, I did not think I could be as strong, but then it happened to me.
I may not work at Channel 5 anymore, where I had the opportunity and the resources to encourage both men and women to get checked for all types of cancer, but I will forever be an advocate for early detection.
I get checked every six months to make sure there are no traces of cancer in my body. I am not shy about telling people about my cancer journey. In fact, I often show them my battle scar. I have realized that it is my mission in life to make people realize that early detection will truly save your life. American Cancer Society provides resources and education regarding early detection and prevention.
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