10 years together and cancer free; how defeating breast cancer b

10 years together and cancer free; how defeating breast cancer brought a couple closer together

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Ann and Lynn Akin had been engaged for all of a week when they got news that not only changed their lives, it changed their outlook on marriage. 

"They told me that it was definitely cancer on December 27th which was right after Christmas," Ann said. "It was the kind of cancer they wanted to be pretty aggressive with. I was 48, premenopausal and the tumor was estrogen fed."

She was diagnosed at stage one and began chemo and radiation which all took a toll on her both physically and mentally.

"I would look at myself in the mirror and I had no hair at all. I had scars, my weight was very strange, bags under my eyes, I mean I looked like some very sick person."

Through it all, her fiance Lynn stayed by her side.

"What I learned very quickly was that Lynn was there for the duration. He really kept me going."

He was her support system, serving as her co-survivor. He never missed an appointment, meeting, or surgery.

"I remember she went through the first chemo and then we went for the second time and they hooked up the lines and so forth and she asked if I could figure out how to get a sheet or something to put over the line so she wouldn't have to see it," Lynn said.

This was not Lynn's first experience with breast cancer. His sister had been diagnosed and defeated the disease a number of years before.

"I think there's the reality that we all know that every case is individual, that every case is somewhat different but the immediate surrounding of my sister and knowing her history but also knowing the incredible doctors that stepped in immediately and began to talk to us and educate us and to tell us about the possibilities that this is something we can attack."

Even though it's been 10 years now, Lynn has not wavered in his support for his wife. He still lets her know that everything is going to be OK.

"There's still those moments where Ann will look at me and she'll say, I don't have cancer do I? And I'll say no, no you don't have cancer."

It is that support Ann said she will enjoy until death does them part.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure is Saturday at the Civic Center. 

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