Cancer is often referred to as the ‘Big C’ and for Ella Mae Harris, it loomed large when she went for her annual physical and mammogram in March of 2004 and was told by her radiologist, “Mrs. Harris, you have an area we cannot ignore.” That began her 12 year battle with the
Twelve years later, she couldn’t be happier with where she is now.
“The first thing I say when I wake up in the morning and the last words I say before I go to sleep at night are, “Thank you Lord”. I’m sure a lot of you do the same---each for different reasons. I am so happy to be alive! I am a Cancer Survivor and a Christian who loves the Lord!
I was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in March, 2004. Later in August, after lumpectomies and radiation therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I came home, tired, weak, hurting and confused, but relieved to be alive.
The oral chemotherapy treatment of Aromasan was started and I was told that I would take the drug for five years. I went to UAB for six months visits for tests and mammograms with no cancer reoccurrence The years passed and when the time came for me to “stop the pill,” the treatment had changed through clinical trials and the therapy recommended was for ten years! I was devastated because, even with my insurance and Medicare, the cost was monumental.
During these years, I experienced some questionable mammograms that caused a lot of anxiety, but they cleared as benign. The effects of the medications are so harsh on a patient! Mine put me in a wheel chair for a long while due to bone loss and pain. In October, 2007, I had bilateral knee replacement and 2012, hip replacement! (I am almost a new
Due to the complexity of history, the oncologist decided to continue the Aromasan for fifteen years! This alarmed me, as you might imagine. I complied, but last year, he told me he was confident enough to discontinue the medication! I am Drug Free and Cancer Free! Praise The Lord!
I could list my tragedies and trials during these past years and make for a sad story. We all have a story to tell. However, I’m here to say that these past twelve years have given me time to give God the glory for bringing me through some of the darkest days of my life. Life can be hard! I have the best family in the world and I love and appreciate them so much! The Harkrider Bunch is awesome!!!
Cancer is terrible for the patient and the family it touches and you can’t fight cancer alone. Be a friend to a person dealing with this dreaded disease. Reach out! You might be THE one they need that day!”