Faces of a Warrior: Carolyn Williams

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By 101.5 LITE FM
Age: 68Profession: Retired Postal ManagerType of Breast Cancer: Stage 1Number of years as a survivor: 18 yearsRelationship to Susan G. Komen: Race participant, Volunteer, Race Committee MemberBeing diagnosed with Breast Cancer has been the hardest shock of my lifetime.I initially did not bring up the matter to my family, but on Thanksgiving Day 1998 I finally communicated to them that I would have a lumpectomy the next day.  The support that I received from my relatives and postal family was of the utmost importance during my treatment and recovery.  I chose to work throughout my chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  I felt that by keeping my life as close to my normal routine as possible was the best way for me to know that I would survive. At home, two of my very young granddaughters were always there to help me and were a positive drive.  I never gave up hope during recovery because I knew that I would be okay.  On October 1999, accompanied by my family and my support group from work, I gratefully participated in my first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  To me being a survivor means that I have a mission! I have been able to share my knowledge and empathy with others who have been diagnosed. I share my experiences for them not to feel that this is the end of world.  I have hope, love and strength! All qualities that I am willing to share with any new survivor.I thank God for my 18 years of survivorship, for motivating me, and for enabling me to find my ultimate purpose._______________________________________________About the Faces of a Warrior CampaignLast year, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®, Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale teamed with 101.5 LITE FM to launch the Faces of a Warrior campaign. To mark the 21st Annual Race for the Cure®, Komen is spotlighting 21 survivors to represent each year the Race has run. These individuals are sharing their stories of strength and resilience -- not just of surviving breast cancer, but thriving in spite of it.Read the stories of more Warriors hereFor more information on the Faces of a Warrior campaign -- and other ways you can get involved in the Race for the Cure® -- please email info@komenmiaftl.org or call 954-909-0454