Wanda’s tale of triumph

Celebrating life after cancer and pushing others to do the same

On Sept. 15, Give Local Louisville day, we shared 24 Hours of Courage on Facebook — a day highlighting the stories of courageous mothers, sons, husbands and friends who have fought or are currently fighting one of the most tragic diseases of our time — cancer.

We’re now turning these stories of courage into tales of triumph that need to be heard.

We are honored to share Wanda Anderson’s story again with you, in her own words.

I have gone through it — you know, the losing of my hair, losing my fingernails, my toenails, my breasts. I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer on July 28, 2008. That date is when everything changed. It kept playing in my head: I have cancer, I have cancer, I have cancer.

My concern was how others were going to react to it — my sisters, my mom, my dad and my daughter. I knew I had to fight because, at the time, my daughter was 26, and I’m like, “I can’t leave her.”

I had to decide what I was going to do with this journey. Am I going to go in fighting? Am I going to go in crying?

I’m celebrating life. I’m celebrating each year that I got through. I thought that when I lost my job of 20 years that that was important, but it wasn’t. And I loved my job, but this job that I have now — as a cancer survivor — is what I’m supposed to do: be a survivor, support the next individual, and push them, push them, push them!

Kiss breast cancer goodbye!

Norton Healthcare Foundation is taking part in the Revlon Love Is On Million Dollar Challenge. Help us kiss cancer goodbye by raising funds to support the Norton Cancer Institute Breast Health Program. Every gift goes toward prevention, research and support programs in our community. Make a donation at LetsKissAndTell.com, then share a kiss with someone you love and tell the world using #KissAndTell. Ask the ones you love to join you in kissing breast cancer goodbye.


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