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I have been in remission for over 20 years because Dr. Michael Andrews is the world greatest Oncologist [and now, part of the family]. He exhausted every avenue possible to put my Cancer in remission; but does the same for all his patients while displaying his great sense of humor, unmatchable skill set and knowledge to defeat this beast that doesn’t discriminate called Cancer. What I hope everyone gets from reading my story is, there is life after a diagnosis of stage four cancer, and the lesson I learned while fighting for my life allows me to never walk past a field of beautiful flowers without appreciating them.

Rebecca Crawford and her husband Scott have two boys. Rebecca is a stay-at-home mom, but also operates her own interior decorating business. As crazy as it sounds, this journey has been one of seeing God, his care and love in ways that I never could have imagined. Beginning with receiving the call with news of the diagnosis during a bible study with five women that I love dearly. Over and over God showed how good and present He is in every situation. After I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in March 2017. I began a five month round of chemotherapy in April that ended in August. Chemo was followed by a mastectomy and then six weeks of radiation. Radiation ended in early January 2018. I had my final reconstructive surgery in late spring 2018. I can absolutely say that we will never forget the way family, friends and church family surrounded us. Everything from meals, taking me to chemotherapy appointments, cards, gifts....I’m still overwhelmed by the amount of love and sacrifice that we witnessed in the care we received throughout this long journey.

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Sandy Kaecher and her husband Steve have lived in Paulding 11 years. Sandy is the Post 2 County Commissioner for Paulding County. In June 2017, I felt a lump in my left breast, but initial tests came back normal. Then in March 2018, I noticed some dimpling in my left breast. They found something in the ultrasound, so I was referred to a breast cancer surgeon. Within two weeks of my first appointment, I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma on April 17th. Because the cancer had woven itself in and out of my tissue, I had a bilateral mastectomy on June 6th. Since then I’ve had six chemo treatments and 35 radiation treatments. In between the chemo treatments I would get infection and [three times] I had to go to the hospital for debridement, a surgery to clean out the infection.

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In January 2018 I qualified for Post 2 County Commissioner and was in the middle of my campaign when I was diagnosed. My doctors said there was no reason I couldn’t run, so I did. In May I made the run offs, then in July I was voted the first female County Commissioner in Paulding County; all while going through treatments, infections, and surgeries. I had a great campaign team out there supporting me, but I could not have done it without my faith in God, my husband Steve, my family, and friends.

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I am finished with my treatments and looking forward to my final surgery on October 23rd. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Aflac. Cancer is very expensive and that duck helped me out a lot. But one secret to getting through this is go to bed praying and when your feet hit the floor in the morning, start singing. I pray for all of you going through this cancer thing. It is a tough road, but don’t give up the fight.

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