April 29, 2012 Peter

Breast Cancer Survivor Story – Denise Simmons-Nnamdi

I reached a milestone. The big 4-0 in 2007. I was actually excited. I finally felt “grown”. Then one July morning I was doing my monthly self check of my breasts in the shower, when I felt something different. Something like a knot in my right breast. Hmmm. Could be something or it could be nothing. I decided to get a second opinion so I called my primary physician right away. I was in his office in less than an hour. He said the same thing: could be something, could be nothing. Well, of course, it turned out to be something – a malignant tumor to be exact. I couldn’t believe it. Is this what 40 was going to be like? Should I tell my family? Should I panic? Lord, hadn’t this year been difficult enough without cancer? It was like putting salt and alcohol on a wound. I’m happy to say that I’m on my way to 43 and cancer free! I could not have survived without the love and support of my family and friends and the peace that passes all understanding from God. I still worry when I do my self exams or go in for routine appointments, though. But I’m a survivor. Thank God, I’m a survivor!

-Denise Simmons-Nnamdi

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