After a short break to take vacation and get some much needed rest; I am back with another SURVIVOR!!! Tonyia came to her session with a heavy heart after losing a loved one but she pushed through and we had a great time. Tonyia had a smile and even though some tears were shed we still had an amazing time getting to know each other. Everyone meet Tonyia!
What type of Cancer were you diagnosed with and when?
I was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer is February 2006. But only after having suffered severe pains and bleeding for 3 years leading up to a final diagnosis.
2. How old were you when you were diagnosed?
I was just turning 30 years old.
3. What/Who helped you get through your treatment?
I suffered in silence and was very alone from the very beginning of my process. I suffered from bleeding and pain in a way that I couldn't explain to people without feeling like I was complaining too much. Family members and friends knew something was wrong but I didn't confide in the truth until after having the cancer removed.
4. When were you deemed Cancer Free?
I was deemed cancer free in January 2007 at my 6 week follow up after a full hysterectomy
5. What did you do to celebrate that special day and your anniversary day?
Honestly I don't have a ritual. I find myself celebrating being cancer free spontaneously. It hits me every so often and I GO OFF! I sing I cry I write...I just PRAISE God that I'm here!
6. Do you have any special charities that you are involved in or host as a survivor?
I have been active in a few charities since feeling comfortable enough to share my cancer story. I am currently the D.C. Chapter Leader for the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC). I've also been a part of Cervivor a Cervical Cancer awareness organization created and ran by Tamika Felder and We Can-Cer Vive an organization geared to supporting suffers, survivors and caregivers of ALL affected by cancer created and ran by Mia Wright.
7. What advice would you give to someone that is just being diagnosed?
My advise to anyone just being diagnosed is to lean on your family and friend group for support. Begin to write a journal to help you organize your thoughts and this process. Don't shut out the people who could be your support system out of embarrassment or fear. Listen to all possible options and pray for what's best for you. Don't allow this temporary situation dictate the rest of your life!