Although she had a family history of breast cancer, she never thought she would get it. Lutheria Smith did not have any symptoms what-so-ever. The diagnosis was a bit shocking.
Breast Cancer Survivor Lutheria Smith remembers like it was just yesterday. She says, “I went in to have my mammogram like normal. I remember it was a beautiful spring day in April.” It was a bright sunshiny day with no worries until her husband called. Lutheria says, “My husband called and said, the breast cancer center called. they want you to call them.”
Even calling the breast cancer center back didn’t raise any red flags, but it was Lutheria’s friend’s actions that sounded the alarm for her. Her friend is a breast cancer nurse at Carilion. “Did they send you in here to tell me I have breast cancer,” says Lutheria. A radiologist confirmed it. She had a family history of breast cancer but thought she was cleared because she did not have any symptoms. “You see your life flashing before you,” says Lutheria. She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. “You’re just never prepared for that. You have breast cancer,” says Lutheria.
She was concerned about her family, her daughter, her son, her husband, and her parents. Lutheria says, “I have a strong faith and so I believe the words of Paul. Yes, to live with Christ to die is gain and so, if I go tomorrow, I would be fine.” Lutheria thought the worse, but her strong, faith and supportive family reversed those thoughts. “I remember my mother saying, all sickness is not unto death,” Lutheria recalls. She knew it would be a tough journey, but she was going to live and help others to live too. “I feel like God is giving me a second chance. I pray I’m doing what He wants me to do,” she says. That’s why she supports Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for The Cure. “Komen is the difference between life and death,” says Lutheria. “Of the money raised, a large portion stays in our community to fund mammograms and surgeries for women whose diagnosis would be a death sentence,” she says.
It’s made her faith even stronger, and her service more encouraging.
WFXR partnered with Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge in celebrating the 10th Anniversary for the Race for The Cure. WFXR shared ten breast cancer survivor stories on Good Day Virginia. You can also join WFXR and Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge at the Race for The Cure on Saturday, May 4th at River’s Edge Sports Complex.