Tamara looks sassy in a hot pink lace blouson by Alfani, $69.50, and Style & Co. embroidered denim jeans, $64.50. Three-strand multi bead necklace, $39.50, gold teardrop hoops, $26.50, and Lucky Brand painted stripe leather flats, $59, add the sizzle. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
My name is Tamara Lewis and this is my story. On November 11th, 2016, I found out I had breast cancer. Now, CANCER is a word that scares the pants off of most people. I'm no different. I watched my father fight and win against prostate cancer, and then 20 years later die of bladder cancer. My oldest son had cancer in his leg bone at the age of 20. He is still going strong. My husband has been fighting skin cancer for years. Now it is my turn. Was I scared? You bet. However, I have learned that it is easier to go through cancer than to watch someone you love go through it. I had my surgery to remove the lump of cancer on December 7th, 2016. I went home the same day. I did not start radiation until January of 2017. I had a shorter round of radiation than most (a new program they started), with a little extra radiation per visit. Radiation was over by February 14th, 2017. When I first found out that I had cancer I put out an announcement on "Facebook" to all my friends and family. I asked for everyone to pray for me or send me good thoughts. It must have worked, because here I am. My cancer was the most common form of breast cancer. It CONTINUED ON PG 50
JoAnne’s look is casual and classy. Sparkly aqua tile tunic, $54.50, is worn over embroidered ankle jeans by NYDJ, $134. Shiny silver stretch bracelet, $29.50, and turquoise silver drop earrings, $29, and Michael Kor leather signature mocs, $98, complete the look. Courtesy of Macy’s Centerra, Loveland.
I live in northeast Colorado in Haxtun. In September 2015, suddenly an obvious ½ inch cyst popped up at the 12:00 position on my right breast. I have had a few of these non-malignant cysts removed in past years. Although my last mammogram had been a few months earlier, my local doctor sent me to the hospital in Sterling for a mammogram and an ultrasound. Afterwards, the radiologist came in and told me that the cyst was not something to worry about, but a malignant tumor was found at the 7:00 position on, or close, to the chest wall. I was never able to find it or feel it. My reaction was that “It can’t be!” I have always had a very positive attitude about “life,” and this was my usual reaction! The ultrasound tech, a young friend from Haxtun, then walked me down the hall with her arm around me and was crying, saying “You have been through so much!” I replied, “It is okay. It will be fine.” Then I needed to get home to tell my husband and family! I have not felt a need to shed a tear through all of this. This was minor, compared to what two of our daughters and their families had been through—since I am 75 years old,—with no children at home. Our oldest daughter, Kelli Lightsey, at the age of 48, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in May 2012. She then fought this with many treatments for three years and then finally lost the battle in April 2015. Our youngest daughter, Suzanne Fries, at the age of 42, had been diagnosed with Stage 1+ CONTINUED ON PG 50
Published on Aug 31, 2017