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Catina Thurmond put her recovery in 'God's hand'

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Catina Thurmond found a lump in her left breast during a routine self-exam and made an appointment with her general practitioner.

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Catina Thurmond found a lump in her breast during a routine self-exam at age 35. She has been cancer-free for four years.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Catina Thurmond found a lump in her breast during a routine self-exam at age 35. She has been cancer-free for four years.

Thurmond requested a mammogram, which detected a tumor, then a biopsy confirmed cancer.

“I did a lot of crying,” she said. “I didn’t sleep a couple of nights.”

She said she prayed about it and put it all in God’s hands, and tried not to worry about it after that.

Her family accompanied her to every treatment and surgery and offered plenty of encouragement and reassurance.

ABOUT CATINA THURMOND

AGE: 39

FAMILY: Parents, Claude and Daisy Thurmond; sisters Angela Thurmond and Felicia Freeman; and brother Claude Thurmond Jr.

OCCUPATION: Machine operator at Dart/Solo Cup

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: July 2, 2008; double mastectomy, six rounds of chemotherapy and two months of radiation

HER ADVICE: “If they find a lump themselves, get a second opinion. I think it’s best to know than not to know. That way you can find it early and you’ll have a better survival rate.”


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