Throughout the month of October you will hear many stories of women with breast cancer. You will also hear statistics, lifestyle changes, and how heredity does and does not play a role. But perhaps the most important of stories are the ones of women who have been diagnosed with the disease, fought it, and won. Cecelia Rogers is one of those winners.
Cecelia was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. She just recently passed her five year cancer free milestone. To many people, five years doesn’t sound like a lot of time; but for a breast cancer survivor, every day feels like a lifetime and every year is a special gift. You see, for most women diagnosed with breast cancer depending on their stage of illness, they are only give 1-5 years to live. That’s quite a short timetable to put on something as precious as life.
Although Cecelia admits that her fight against breast cancer was not an easy one, she does not look at the illness in a negative way. “My life has changed for the better in so many ways,” she says. “I am a much happier person. My faith, my family and my friends are what got me through.” Still for Cecelia, “getting through” wasn’t enough. She was determined to live her life and use her experience to support and inspire others. After her recovery, Cecelia went on to become involved with the Susan G. Komen foundation by participating in their 3-Day walk and is also involved in Casting for Recovery, a 2.5 day fly fishing retreat that helps women focus on wellness and empowerment, not their disease.
Cecelia has also gone on to join Live Well Fitness Center where she has lost over 25 pounds and has trained for and completed a 5k marathon. Like most women and mothers, however, Cecelia’s biggest hope is that a cure will be found, and soon. She has three beautiful children she is still raising, and prays that their futures hold many things; but hopefully breast cancer will not be one of them.
For more information on Casting for Recovery visit http://castingforrecovery.org/