Debbie Meadows

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: Kentucky
Cancer: Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

"I am now a part of a club I never asked to join."

I was first touched by cancer when my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. He fought a good fight and went to be with the Lord in 2011. A short five years later I was diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016. Having been a caretaker, a patient and now a survivor I have a whole new perspective on cancer and life after cancer. Everyone warns you about the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation while your in treatment but no one prepares you for the life-long side effects and survivors guilt afterwards. Other people’s lives kept going, my world stopped spinning and began on a completely different trajectory. God is good and I am in remission but what my life is like now versus life before cancer came knocking are two completely different things. I am now a part of a club I never asked to join. I hurt for my family and worried for them more than myself when I got my diagnosis. I knew what it was like to watch someone you love go through it and I didn’t want them to have to suffer that again with me.

My advice – don’t be too hard on yourself, allow yourself to feel all the feelings and fears but do NOT stay there! A positive attitude is the difference between light and darkness. Knowledge is POWER. Get informed and be your own advocate!