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October 1, 2012

Nurse’s aide puts trust in God after breast lump found

VALDOSTA — On Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, Lavonda Anderson discovered there’s a chance that she has cancer, again.

And after boldly battling the illness for nearly three years, she’s reacting just as urgently to make a hard assessment of the threat and terminate it as soon, if it is identified.

The nurse’s aide and married mother of three wasn’t nearly finished with her five-year prescription of anastrozole, an estrogen inhibitor, when she says she discovered the recent lump on her breast. She notified her doctor immediately, she says, and has scheduled a mammogram for this coming Friday.

“I knew I was jumping on top of the issue early, but I was still a little nervous because of the side effects that the treatments brought along,” she says. “We live in bodies made of flesh, so naturally we’re always going to worry about our own mortality.”

She points up.

“When I tell you that I truly believe in God, I mean it,” she says. “I know what he’s done for me and I’ve witnessed a lot of healing in my church.”

Though her voice is briefly discolored by a tint of nervousness and uncertainty, she’s been here before and it shows.

She never stated that she was unafraid of the cancer. But she has made it clear that she is ready to follow her heavenly commander through another grueling campaign against an enemy that has claimed the lives of countless women and mercilessly tortured as many others, both directly or indirectly.

“With so much stereotyping surrounding the subject of cancer, a lot of people think you’re going to die when you get it,” says Anderson. “But I’m living proof that it is a sickness that can be defeated. God built me up so strong and molded me to the point that I could handle having cancer.”

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