Breast cancer awareness, one woman's reality

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 02:56 PM.

Now, with two years behind her and a clean bill of health, Rowan says the best thing she got out of the experience was people showing her that she was loved — especially by her church family and other breast cancer survivors who called and invited her over. 

"That helped me get myself back," she said. "Sometimes it is hard to just let people love you and just say 'thank you.'"

As for cancer, Rowan said it makes you appreciate the little things, such as sitting on her porch.

"I never feared for my life," she says now, "but I did fear the treatment."

The one thing cancer taught her is to eliminate stress from your life.

"I was under a great deal of stress when I was diagnosed, and I firmly believe stress makes you ill. I am still removing stress from my life," she said. "You have choices, and attitude helps."

While her ordeal is behind her, Rowan is aware that it could come back. However, she refuses to think about it or worry about that now. If it comes back, she will deal with it.

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