In 2010, she visited a mobile mammography unit, and it detected something on her right breast.
A visit to the imaging center picked up on a small mass, and a biopsy confirmed cancer.
“First I was upset about it. I thought about how I was going to tell my kids about it, my boyfriend, my mom,” she said. “After I talked to other people who had been through breast cancer, I felt a little better about it.”
She underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy and 5 1/2 weeks of radiation. After treatment, she got an implant and had her left breast reduced.
At the time, Lewis was taking an online course in health care reimbursement. She took her notes and books to her treatments, and that helped keep her mind off the battle she was fighting.
“I’m a person that always has faith in God. That kept my spirits up, too. My family backed me up; my church prayed for me. I had a lot of support,” she said.
– Lisa Kaylor, staff writer
ABOUT JOYCE LEWIS