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Pinktober Introduces Brigitte Lawson

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WHLT dedicates this month to breast cancer awareness.  It's a disease that affects one in every eight women and will kill nearly 40,000 this year.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women  Over 200,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year.

Thanks to efforts from organizations like the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Coleman Foundation deaths from the disease are declining  Reports show that more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors live in the United States today.

One of those survivors is 62-year-old Brigitte Lawson.

"I hadn't had my mammogram for almost two years, which was not very good because I have a history of breast cancer in my family," she told a reporter.

To see her now, it's hard to believe that one year ago, she was fighting for her life.

"A friend's daughter was diagnosed and she kept on me about getting my mammogram," she remembered.

Lawson married her husband on July 14th.  Just two days later, she was diagnosed.

"I wasn't sure where my relationship with the person I had just chosen to marry was going to go," Lawson said.

She recalls having so many questions.

"When I was diagnosed, I think the biggest thing for me was the anger and the fear," Lawson said.  "I was angry that this had happened to me. Why me?"

But her new husband did not turn away.

"Fortunately this person that I am now married to said 'That's not important. It's not an important piece of who we are and what we are,'" Lawson said.

Eventually the anger subsided.

"The more I thought about it, I realized that in order to face what I had to face, I had to not be angry," Lawson said.  "I had to embrace what I had. I had to get the information that I needed. I had to aggressively attack my disease and get help."

"I  realized that there was somebody bigger than me," Lawson continued. "God was bigger than me, and He wasn't going to let me down or not be there when I needed Him. Then the fear went away and I could work with what I needed to do."

One week after diagnosis, she underwent surgery.  Her doctor was able to remove all the cancerous cells, so chemotherapy and radiation weren't required.  She continues to take a pill for the next four years and goes for a check-up every six months.

"I will forever be grateful that somebody took the time to remind me and to push me to do this because my outcome would've been different," Lawson said.  "I would've been looking at at least radiation and possibly chemo as well."

Lawson is grateful to her husband, family, friends, and God for helping her overcome the same fight she had watched her mother and cousin go through. Originally she asked "why me?"

"But then again, why not me?" She continued.

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