How did you first find out you had cancer?
My husband actually found the lump. We decided to watch it for a couple of months. It didn’t go away so I went to my primary care doc and had it checked.
How did you react when you heard the news?
Of course I was devastated. My husband and I were on the phone together and began to cry. Then we set down with our boys, 9 and 12 years and old and told them that Mom had cancer but I was not going to die! My 9 year old then said “if you are not dying then we need to go to Academy! You promised me new soccer cleats!” And yes, we did go to Academy!
What course of treatment were you prescribed?
I had a lumpectomy with an axillary node dissection. 8 cycles of chemotherapy, 33 treatments of radiation, a year of Herceptin and then Hormone blocking therapy.
What most surprised you about your treatment?
I was shocked that I could feel so bad and still be functioning!
What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
We all experience fear and feeling overwhelmed. It is normal when you hear the words you have cancer. But then we have to develop the attitude and the will to FIGHT!! Attitude is everything! You Can do this!!
How long have you been cancer free?
What lessons did you learn from the experience?
That I should share love and forgiveness much more freely and never hold a grudge! That every moment of every life is precious! That I am blessed to be alive and I want to live a life of service to give back! Cancer became a blessing in my life!
If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
Who and what you are is good enough! You are worthy and wonderful! Fight like a girl, and in the words of Tim McGraw…live like you were dying!
Sherree Bennett, 47, is a 12 year breast cancer survivor. She is a pastor’s wife of 29 years, mother of 2 boys, and a registered nurse. She currently serves as the director and nurse navigator of the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center of Fort Worth. She is dedicated to helping men and women know how to be their own health advocate and try to avoid illness like cancer.
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