Faces of survival: Annette Dobyne

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ANNETTE FRIERSON USRY DOBYNE


FAMILY: Husband: Bob Dobyne. Three grown children: Thomas Usry, Mike Usry and Vicky Bryan; three grandchildren: Savannah Lee Usry, Tommy Jackson and Terri Lynn Jackson; and one great-grandchild: Jordan Lynn Harvey, 9 months.

OCCUPATION: Former World Book Encyclopedia representative

DIAGNOSED: May 2006

WHAT HELPED: Family, friends, church and prayer. That's the most important thing. I tried to be a positive person. I think that's the only thing that gets you through cancer.

OUTLOOK: I learned on Sept. 11 at 10:45 a.m. that I am cancer free. That was a wonderful day. I did not let myself get down during this. I fought to stay well.

ADVICE: Have lots of friends. Go to church. If you don't feel like going, tune in to it on television. Eat five small meals a day. Don't try to make yourself eat big meals. When I got to the point of the metal taste in my mouth, I used plastic utensils. When that didn't work, I just ignored it. Laugh. People who laugh often live more. I kept water with me. No sodas or anything else - just water.

PERSONAL: I am 72. Shortly after my diagnosis, I cut 17 inches of my black hair to donate to Locks to Love. I knew my hair would fall out during treatment. I decided to donate it. My whole neighborhood went with me to cut it. They had wanted me to cut it for years. It's been about an inch long now. I'm letting it grow out. I have a lot hats - about 20 red ones. I've been a member of the Red Hat Classics of Augusta for seven years.

October is breast cancer awareness month

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soldout 10/01/08 - 07:30 am
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Women concerned about breast

Women concerned about breast cancer need to know about the tooth/tumor connection. Check out:
http://www.breastcancercured.com/index.html

Sharky
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Sharky 10/01/08 - 08:34 am
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I love success stories!! God

I love success stories!! God Bless you Annette!!!! Thanks for sharing your story!

strictly bussiness
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strictly bussiness 10/01/08 - 03:49 pm
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keep praying Annette, God

keep praying Annette, God loves you

strictly bussiness
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strictly bussiness 10/01/08 - 03:49 pm
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keep praying Annette, God

keep praying Annette, God loves you

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paladin5 10/01/08 - 11:25 pm
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GOD BLESSED YOU ANNETTE.

GOD BLESSED YOU ANNETTE. Having the Big C is not the time to stop living or fighing. Last year both of my sister-in-laws won the fight with lots of family support along the way. My youngest brother and his three step sons shaved their heads in support of Mom and had a family portrait to made. They looked like a SNL group, but they were smiling and happy.

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paladin5 10/01/08 - 11:25 pm
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GOD BLESSED YOU ANNETTE.

GOD BLESSED YOU ANNETTE. Having the Big C is not the time to stop living or fighing. Last year both of my sister-in-laws won the fight with lots of family support along the way. My youngest brother and his three step sons shaved their heads in support of Mom and had a family portrait to made. They looked like a SNL group, but they were smiling and happy.

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