A Survivor’s Story by Darnetta Coleman
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My name is Darnetta Coleman. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother of 11.
In the year 2002 at the age of 46, during one of my routine self-breast examinations, I discovered a lump in my breast. After having a mammogram I was told that the lump looked suspicious and I needed to see a surgeon. After having a biopsy, it was confirmed that I had early stage breast cancer–a rare type called Medullary Carcinoma, of which only 3% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have this type. Knowing my family history I decided to have a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. After 7 surgeries and countless hours of seeing a plastic surgeon, I am CANCER-FREE. I want to thank God for the love and support of my devoted and loving husband, Terry, and my sisters Brenda and Barbara for being there for me while they were battling cancer themselves.
I often ask myself why God spared my life and took theirs just nine months apart from one another. But I do know this, God don’t make no mistakes. So rest in peace my dear sisters, until we can all be together again. You are loved and missed so much.