Diane Gilmore's Story
In April of 2019, I had my regular routine yearly mammogram. A week later, I received a call
that I needed to come back to the office for a second mammogram. While I was there having my
second mammogram, the physician recommended that I have a biopsy done. A week later, I had
an appointment to receive the results of the biopsy. At this appointment, the physician diagnosed
me with breast cancer (Invasive Carcinoma of the Breast). At this point, I was in shock. I felt
numbness in my mind and body.
I realized I had cancer and it was time to continue to trust God and fight for my life. I was at a place where things were happening fast in my life. Appointments were made within the next week with the surgeon and oncologist. My doctor informed me that my prognosis was surgery and chemotherapy.
On May 29, 2019, the day after my birthday, I had surgery. Surgery was a success, and all the cancer cells had been removed. I received great news; the cancer had not spread in the lymph nodes; margins were clear, and it was stage one. Through this process, I knew God had me covered and he was going to continue to bring me through this journey.
On July 5, 2019, I had my first round of 16 rounds of chemotherapy. The first four rounds of the (Red Devil) was very harsh on my body. I suffered excessively from fatigue and nausea. The last 12 rounds were not as harsh as the first four. Again, God brought me through it.
On May 1, 2020, I decided to retire from my current job. No one pressured me to retire, I felt as though I needed time to heal and continue this journey. Retirement has allowed me to focus on life and healing.
I have learned through this process that we cannot change what has taken place, but God can restore us like new. Through this journey, RESTORATION has taken place in my mind and body.
Positivity is the key to getting through any tough diagnosis. I would tell someone in this situation to stay positive and focused on the journey.
After my diagnosis, my life changed dramatically. I am still adapting to my new normal and I thank God daily for continuing to bless me. I thank God for my family and close friends. I really leaned on my support system of family and close friends through my cancer journey. I am truly grateful.
To God be the Glory.