Metastatic cancer patient aims to raise awareness

Metastatic cancer patient aims to raise awareness

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Brenda Wilson did not think she would be telling this story.

"We all go through different things, we all have something that we battle." Wilson said, "I just happen to battle breast cancer." 

In 2005, she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer. Wilson said she was fortunate to be able to go into remission within the same year. 

"You know it was a rough year, you go through it and you move on and i didn't think about re-occurrence." Wilson says, "I didn't think about it ever coming back." 

But after spending over a decade in remission, she said she noticed something was wrong.

"Then in 2016, I developed a cough, a really bad cough," Wilson said. 

Doctors believed it was just a bad case of pneumonia, but after performing a lung biopsy they discovered the cancer spread to both of her lungs, making Wilson stage 4 terminal. Wilson was given a life expectancy of two years.

Now 20 rounds of chemo later she said she is not discouraged. 

"I've gotten to see the birth of my grand-baby." Wilson said. "I've gotten to see her turn one, I've gotten to see my grandson turn three, so I've been extremely, very blessed."

Brenda's husband, Wade has been her constant support and said it has made him stronger too.

"Hope, faith, that trust, and honestly that's what's made us stronger." Wade said. "Finding that hope, finding that trust, and finding that love." 

Brenda spent 10 years on the board for Susan G. Komen and it is her mission to spread awareness about metastatic cancer. 

"Nobody wants to talk about, oh we're going to get you through this and cure you but then we're going to turn around and hope it never comes back because 30% of us it does," Wilson said.  

Brenda said she will continue to advocate for more research.

"We need a cure for cancer." Wilson said. "We need a cure for breast cancer, we need a cure or more research money to treat us for metastatic." 

But Brenda said she does not fear the day her battle may end. 

"God takes me when he's ready, not when statistics say," Wilson said.

The Wilson's said they remain hopeful, taking life day by day. 

"We didn't let it debilitate us." Wade said. "We just took the good days and made them better, and the bad days, their just bad days, but you know what, she's beautiful, just look at her what can i say?" 

The Susan G. Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure is this Saturday at the civic center. To register or donate, click here

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