Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:28 PM by Mitch Bryan
CORPUS CHRISTI - Those affected by breast cancer gathered at the first United Methodist Church at 7:30 this morning to share in their experiences and celebrate the blessings they do have.
It was anything but somber at this year's First Friday Service. Those who's lives have been touched by breast cancer gathered for strength, and to remember those lost and still fighting the disease
"What I remember about the time of my cancer and my surgery, is not the doctors and the drains, but the friends and the family and flowers I received during that time," said Kelly Gilmore at the podium.
"And I was holding her, trying to make her comfortable when she took her last breath on this God-given Earth and I will tell you, she became that champion," said Corpus Christi mayor, Nelda Martinez.
Francis Wilson, a breast cancer survivor came to show her support for those still battling the disease.
"At age 35, I started getting mammograms and normally you don't get them until age 40," said Wilson.
Francis Wilson says after her father contracted breast cancer, she began getting yearly check-ups. After 9 years of testing and no cancer in sight, Francis almost skipped her tenth test, but thankfully she didn't.
Wilson remembers, "And I thought, no, I better go. Because you just never know. And sure enough in a year's time, I went from nothing on my mammogram, to Stage 2 cancer. So, it was just a blessing that I decided to go ahead and go."
She says she cannot stress enough, how important it is for women and men to get regular tests, especially if your family has a history with breast cancer. Wilson also says that if there is one thing that will help those fighting the disease, it's hope.
"I mean, I know I had days where I thought I just kind of want to sit here and wallow. And I realized that you have those days, but for the most part you need to get up and try to have a good attitude, because that's a huge part of your recovery," Wilson said.
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