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Faces of survival: Carolyn Byrd

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"My focus in life had changed. Things you thought were important aren't important."
"It was my faith in God that got me through." 
Carolyn Byrd  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
"My focus in life had changed. Things you thought were important aren't important." "It was my faith in God that got me through." Carolyn Byrd

AGE: 49

FAMILY: Husband Charles; daughter Getina Cato, 27; sons C.J., 23, and Rashad, 12; one granddaughter

OCCUPATION: Registered nurse

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: October 2009; lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation


Byrd first dismissed the lump she found during a routine self-exam, thinking it was caused by fibrocystic breast disease. When it didn't go away, she was shocked to learn she had breast cancer.

"I wasn't upset that I had cancer. I was upset that I had to tell my children and my family," she said. "I didn't want them to worry about me."

Shortly after her diagnosis, a co-worker also was diagnosed with breast cancer. Byrd shared her experiences with her co-worker and said she hopes others can find comfort in her story.

"Each day is a gift," she said. "Live each day to the fullest."


"Keep the faith," she said. "Be strong. Don't give up. Always have hope that you're going to be OK. If you don't already have that walk with the Lord, you need to have that walk. You need to put your faith in God."

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Cindy Ferguson
Cindy Ferguson 10/23/10 - 11:26 am
To my "best friend" ~ I love

To my "best friend" ~ I love you & I thank God for you. I'm glad you know God & have a close walk w/Him. You are a positive role model & influence for those around you no matter what they are going through. You are truly a blessing to all you meet. Defeat is of the devil, but faith is of God! You have the faith because of whose you are... Keep praying, keep fighting, & most of all keep believing. He is worthy to be praised for all He's done! Love, Cindy

ltrout08 10/25/10 - 09:33 am
Dear Carolyn, You are as

Dear Carolyn,
You are as beautiful outside as you are inside. Your faith will keep you strong. You are an amazing person with a wonderful family. You are an inspiration to all those around you.
Sending love, Linda Trout

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