Cancer survivors tell their stories

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“My cancer diagnosis absolutely changed my life. It changed the life of my children, of my husband, of my family. But it didn’t ruin my life,” said Thurston Bower, Breast Cancer Survivor.

Thurston Bower was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. After many treatments and time in the hospital she is taking life back her way.

“My cancer has not returned, which is wonderful. I’ve been clean for seven years and after everything we actually had a little miracle baby, our third little son was born, Crew,” said Thurston Bower, Breast Cancer Survivor.

Bower says it’s the support from her family and friends which helped her through the tough times.

“I remember when my husband actually had to shave my hair because it was falling out in clumps and it had to go. I was sitting in the bathroom. My three year old was sitting between my knees and my husband said well what do you think about Mommy’s new hair cut and he smiles and he goes, she’s got a farmers hair cut. It’s all short Daddy, I like it, it looks good,” said Thurston Bower, Breast Cancer Survivor.

David Processor’s battle with cancer started in 2010. 

“Holding your breathe and making sure that it hasn’t returned and then when it did return in 2012, it just felt like the world had dropped out from underneath me,” said Dave Prosser, Kidney Cancer Survivor.  

Both he and Bower’s agree, they won’t let the cancer stop them from living life.

“I don’t want this to define me, so I just move forward and almost act like it isn’t even there,” said Dave Prosser, Kidney Cancer Survivor. 

“Cancer can be a terrifying diagnosis and it should be it does kill people, but you can’t forget that life goes on and you have to pick up the pieces and be the person that you are now and to be happy with that person,” said Thurston Bower, Breast Cancer Survivor.

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