Her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1983 and died from it. So when Johnson felt a lump one day in 2006 she had a pretty good idea what it was.
Johnson underwent a lumpectomy and radiation, and took Tamoxifen for five years. After she finished the course of Tamoxifen, the cancer returned. The news was just as devastating the second time around. This time she had a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.
“The first time I was scared,” she said. “The second time, the same thing happened. I was just so outdone. I was like, ‘Why me?’ I thought the first time it would stay gone. I didn’t know it would come back.”
The support of her family was invaluable. Her sisters went with her to chemotherapy treatments, and her husband and children helped keep her spirits up and prayed with her.
Johnson said she feels fortunate that the chemotherapy did not make her sick, as it does to many others, but it did make her very weak. She returned to work Aug. 22 and said she’s still working on getting her strength back.
“I tell you, it’s been a hard road,” she said. “I made it through with the help of the Lord.”