Breast cancer survivor says


Many people have been able to bounce back after surviving the fight against cancer.

Virginia Wheeler of Mayesville managed to keep a positive attitude during treatment and is now back to spending happier times with her family after surviving stage two breast cancer.

Wheeler, 52, had her first mammogram at 36 and went for another check up nine years later at the advice of one of her home care clients.

One evening in 2010 when she was going home, Wheeler said she felt as if she had had a stroke and lost the ability to command some of her movements.

"I couldn't pick up a fork," she said.

She said one of her sons had to help her get out of the car. "I just felt really tired," she said.

After sharing her experience with her client, Wheeler was told to get checked for breast cancer. And that's exactly what it turned out to be, she said.

"I had stage two breast cancer," Wheeler said.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Wheeler stopped working to take 33 radiation and six chemotherapy sessions during a six-month period.

Other than getting sick one day, she said her treatments were not too bad.

"I had faith I would be OK," Wheeler said.

Wheeler said she believed if she went to treatment with a positive attitude she would be fine. You need to have a positive attitude, she said.

She said her family also played a large role in helping her stay positive and getting through her treatments.

She said her sons took care of her as if they were her parents and also had food prepared when she returned home from the hospital.

Wheeler said her sons acted like parents in the way they took care of her. Everybody was helping out, she said.

After completing her treatment Wheeler rang the bell and went home to pick back up where she left off. You go home and keep on going, she said.

She has been free of cancer for seven years.

Since returning to life as she knew it before, Wheeler is taking care of her home care patients as well as her mother and son. She also tries to spend as much time as possible with her granddaughter.

Wheeler said she recognizes that her experience was not as difficult as others' so she sends best wishes to anyone receiving treatment.

Keep positive, and keep the faith, and keep fighting, she said.