Survivor Feature Profiles by Melissa Karrer, Photography by Phillips Mitchell
In salute of Breast Cancer Awareness Month TOPS is proud to share the stories of 23 survivors.
Meet Georgia Sargent.
Georgia is a retired 68 year old wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In August of 2010, she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Due to the severity of the diagnoses, she opted to go to Houston, Texas for treatment. Upon arriving, they performed a PET scan and breast cancer was detected. A mammogram 10 months prior had shown no areas of concern. Getting a second cancer diagnosis was very difficult to absorb. She thought, “what is going on with my body?”
Georgia had always been health conscience with watching her weight, diet and exercise. There was no family history of cancer. “Yet, there I was,” she says. She underwent chemotherapy treatments and then radiation for the lymphoma. Following that treatment, she underwent breast surgery and additional radiation.
The biggest challenge Georgia faced was trying to stay strong mentally and physically to fight this horrible disease. She found her strength in her faith in God. Reading books on cancer helped her learn more and guide her decisions. “I was blessed with a husband and daughters that were always there,” she says. She also recalls her family and friends praying non-stop.
Georgia has been in remission since 2011. She exclaims, “Praise God. I feel my brush with cancer has made me more acceptable of people’s faults. After all, we are all human.”