A peaceful journey with breast cancer

A peaceful journey with breast cancer

"I found out I had breast cancer when I was sitting at a sonic," said breast cancer survivor, Patti Douglass.
 
That's where she got a call from her doctor.
 
"Oh I know what you're thinking, I just told you you have cancer, but I really think you're going to have a lot of options for treatment and I think everything is going to be fine," Douglass said that's what the doctor told her.
 
And that's where she began what she describes as a peaceful journey with the "big c".
 
"I almost never had any fear. I was never ill, I never felt sick," Douglass said.
 
You often hear people describe it as a battle.
 
"It was almost a little bit of an adventure because I found it interesting and I wasn't fearful and I was willing to accept whatever happened... a lot of people credit me for having a good attitude and I feel a little funny about that because I could tell that the other people in the cancer center didn't have bad attitudes, they didn't feel good," Douglass said.
 
Patti has been involved with Race for the Cure since it's first event in 1995, but it was the race during the year of her cancer that she experienced her most moving movement.
 
"A friend of mine walked up and she had my name on her back and she was running in honor of me... that was very touching," Douglass said.
 
With money from the race, the Susan G. Komen Foundation gives grants to help breast cancer research. 
 
"Every single month that someone is diagnosed with breast cancer is a better month to be diagnosed than the last. That is how quickly they come up with advances in breast cancer," Douglass said.
 
So to anyone who has breast cancer...
 
"See what God has in store for you with this part of your life and something good will come out of it, something always does.

For more information on Lubbock's Race for the Cure, click here.

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