Beryl Henderson found a lump in her right breast while she and her husband, Calvin, were on an anniversary trip to Charleston, S.C.
It was May 2011, and she had just had a clear mammogram in October. Her husband insisted she see a doctor.
“For a couple of weeks, I put it off,” she said. “I said there was nothing wrong.”
When she finally did see her doctor, he didn’t think anything was wrong, either, but did a biopsy “to be on the safe side,” she said.
When it came back positive, she was stunned.
“I just sat down,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do. I was just shocked.”
She tried to call her husband, but he didn’t answer.
So she called her oldest son and started crying.
She had a lumpectomy, but the chemotherapy made her very sick. Still, she continued to work and do her normal activities.
Someone in her family was with her at every doctor appointment or treatment, and Henderson said her faith and family gave her the strength she needed.
“I don’t think I would have gotten through it without the support of my husband, my sister and my kids,” she said.
Henderson said she now has a better sense of what is important.
“I just don’t stress out about the small things anymore,” she said.