Imagine you just got off work, early on a Friday evening,
ready to start your weekend.
Then, you hear the words..."You have breast cancer."
That's exactly what happened to Pamela Crouch back in March
"I never felt the lump that turned out to be
cancerous. It was discovered during a
routine mammogram," said Pamela.
It was that mammogram that saved her life.
But not without going through 4 rounds of chemotherapy, and
over 30 radiation treatments.
"When you wake up in the morning and your hair is
inside the hat or on a pillow, it's just something that you're never quite
prepared for," she said.
Pamela said she had every possible side effect.
Constant sleepiness, nausea, a loss of appetite, not to
mention the toll it took on her mind.
"One of the problems I had during chemotherapy was that
I couldn't remember nouns. I could look
at a cup and I knew it was a cup, but I couldn't say the word cup. Makes it a little challenging to write," said
She put her passion for writing on hold.
Instead, painting birdhouses and giving them as gifts to
others recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
"You can't feel sorry for yourself when you're doing
something for someone else," said Pamela.
After months of pain, a moment of celebration, as she was
declared cancer free.
Today, it's been 5 and a-half-years.
"It changes your outlook. People say that you're like of course it's
going to change your outlook, but it really does. Because I value the smallest things now,"
And Pamela has plenty of words of wisdom for those going
through what she did.
Go to support groups, keep things light.
And finally, be kind to yourself always..
"It's ok to be afraid, everyone's journey is different,"
Pamela's two aunts and mom were diagnosed with breast
That's why she was the first in her family to have genetic
She recently tested negative for the type of breast cancer
that affected her family members.
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