2017 started off as a great year
I received the honor of Teacher of The Year for Phenix City Schools. That school year was one of my most amazing years and I felt like I was really where I needed to be in life.
On the last day of school I missed a call from the doctor’s office because we were in a faculty meeting. When I called back, I already knew it was not good news because the nurse stated that the doctor had to call me back. I walked into a fellow teachers Classroom and asked her to say a quick prayer with me.
Right after the prayer, my doctor called. My dear teacher friend was there with me when the doctor called in. The doctor stated that my biopsy came back as Melanoma and needed to be removed immediately to prevent it from spreading. I had no idea, in that moment, that my life would change forever. Or even more shockingly, just how much it would changed.
I’m not going to lie, I went back to my empty classroom and sobbed. I called my parents. My dad comforted me by saying that he has had several procedures and nothing has spread. He told me to keep my chin up and continue moving on with my life. He said, “Hez, this is not a big deal, just get it removed and you will be fine,”
My Awesome Colleagues
Within a half hour, I had another teacher come in and talked to me about what he has been through. He shared his own skin cancer journey.
Later that day, another skin cancer survivor had come by to talk about her experiences. I am so glad we have now become cancer survivor sisters and I am truly grateful for my colleges for supporting my cancer journey.
I had to finish out my day with an exit meeting with my principal and I don’t believe he was fully aware of what happened earlier that day.
My first surgery about 2 weeks later. After the first surgery, the pain that I had was minimal. It radiated down my left arm and into my elbow. This continued for several weeks. Since then, I have had 4 other skin cancer surgeries.
My father had since passed away. He had 7 dark spots to be removed. The morning that he passed, he had a melanoma taken from the top of his head.
I was able to catch my cancer early. If you are 40, get s full body scan! Not in a month or two, now! Take care of yourself!!!