Faces of survival: Jacqueline Lawrence

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When Jacqueline Lawrence was going through treatment, she sought solace in comedies such as Sister Act and Corrina, Corrina. "I would just be lifeless. I would put these movies on over and over, and I would just laugh," she said. "Something about these movies just nurtured me and gave me spirit."

"When I wake up every morning, I give thanks."


Jacqueline Lawrence

Her background

AGE: 73

FAMILY: Sophia , 46, James, 42

OCCUPATION: Retired teacher

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: October 2005, chemotherapy


Lawrence helped care for her sister, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1983.

"I saw the way she suffered," Lawrence said. "I just knew I was going to die."

Her family and friends helped her stay optimistic, and now she spends her time volunteering with the Pink Magnolias, Relay for Life and Reach to Recovery.

"I look at life so differently now," she said. "It changed me to the fact that I appreciate life."


"Don't focus on the negative. You're going to beat this. Don't go pitying yourself."