Pinktober Introduces Brigitte Lawson - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Pinktober Introduces Brigitte Lawson

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Tax Free Weekend

    Tax Free Weekend

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:42:11 GMT
    Tax Free HolidayTax Free Holiday
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today marks the start of this year's annual sales tax holiday, a time where parents like Tawana Jordan can get a head start on school shopping and a tax break."I will be stopping by to check out the deals that they have for my children," Jordan said.The Mississippi Department of Revenue reports all clothing items and shoes priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax this weekend, and for local retailers that means."A lot of traffic, a lot of traffic. Last year we did it a...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today marks the start of this year's annual sales tax holiday, a time where parents like Tawana Jordan can get a head start on school shopping and a tax break."I will be stopping by to check out the deals that they have for my children," Jordan said.The Mississippi Department of Revenue reports all clothing items and shoes priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax this weekend, and for local retailers that means."A lot of traffic, a lot of traffic. Last year we did it a...
  • 2 women killed in Rapides Parish accident

    2 women killed in Rapides Parish accident

    State police say two women died when their car ran off the road and struck a tree.
    State police say two women died when their car ran off the road and struck a tree.
  • Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed

    Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:44:53 GMT
    An 80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion...
    Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving...
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.