Nancy Wing’s Story

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“Four years ago I was called into the Doctor’s office, honestly not having a clue what I was about to hear, so I went alone. He told me those words no one ever wants to hear, words that changed my life forever…YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER. I remember walking out to the car in total shock. Then I had to call my parents. That was probably the hardest call I had to make. Right away, they wanted to come in town to be with me. I told them if you are going to come in to see me and cry, do not come in. The following day was Cara’s senior homecoming. I had girls coming to my house to get ready for the dance. Parents were coming over to take pictures. I DID NOT have time for cancer. I needed to get through that weekend first for Cara. It was her senior homecoming and this is not how I wanted her to remember it.

It is a day I will never forget – like the birth of your child. I felt like someone walked up to me and smashed every ounce of security that I had ever felt. I was left feeling helpless, vulnerable and exposed. My own body turned against me. But then an amazing thing happened. Everyone around me started picking up the pieces. They helped me put myself back together one piece at a time until I was whole again. It was a journey I do not wish on anyone. I know that the physical scars will fade in time. In truth I will NEVER be the same person, I am now different, inside as well as outside. Every day I have to face the mirror and see what cancer took from me, I live with the scars.

I was fortunate enough to get a second chance at life. I have learned so much; life is precious, enjoy it, embrace it, don’t live with regrets, take chances and don’t let the little things get you!

I was fortunate enough to get a second chance at life. I have learned so much; life is precious, enjoy it, embrace it, don’t live with regrets, take chances and don’t let the little things get you! I am now forever changed. I have made it a goal to make people laugh every day. There is no better feeling in the world than to know you made somebody laugh. I have also tried to inspire people. I want people to live with no regrets, to love life, to love harder and laugh harder. You don’t have to have cancer to change your life. You just need someone who will inspire you to do that. There are days when I do have survivor’s guilt. But, usually on the days I really start asking the question, “why did I survive and other people did not?” Some way, somehow, God answers that question for me and makes it totally clear why it was me.

I pray every day that it never comes back to attack my body. I have so much to live for. I am still going to doctor’s appointments, have had 5 surgeries so far, so my journey is not over yet. Cancer has forever changed my life. Cancer has put a rope around my waist. There is not a day that goes by that I wonder if cancer is going to pull me back in. If and when that day comes, I will know that I did everything I could to love life, to enjoy my journey and to write my own story.

With the help of my great cancer team of doctors, great friends and family, and their support and prayers it’s not a surprise that I beat it. Cancer picked the wrong girl to mess with! This picture was taken the evening I got the news. We went to my daughter’s senior homecoming football game. I had the weight of the world on my shoulders, yet tried not to show my children how much this news was affecting me. All of the sudden, we started to get a drizzle. We looked up in the sky and saw the most beautiful rainbow I have EVER seen in my life. It was so bright – I have never seen anything like this before. That is when I knew this was my sign that everything was going to be ok. I remember that day like it was yesterday, yet it also seems so far away…” ~ Nancy Wing

 

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