Tuesday, October 29, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-10-29 08:34:16)
 
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Following is Susie O'Dell's account of her year-long journey with breast cancer. O'Dell, a local LPN, submitted her story in observance of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Daughter of Tom O'Dell and the late Ruth Perrin O'Dell, she is doing well and has shares her story in her desire to help others.

Sometimes my son and daughter-in-law Amy called me five times a day. They were here every day. My sister cried so much every time we talked and that was just awful. Joy kept apologizing and said it should have been her. That almost destroyed me. I couldnít stand for her to have to face this devil. I knew God loves me and my family and friends love me and support me! I can do this! I could fight like a girl for sure. I had my boxing gloves on ready to be a champion.

I underwent a double mastectomy on May 17, 2012. My little Dr. James McLoughlin was so kind and understanding. He answered all my 100 questions and then more. 

Oh, Lord, I was in so much pain! The next morning I was back in surgery because a blood clot had formed on my left side. I wasnít healing well. What a nightmare!

My son, sister, and daddy all took time off to take me to every appointment and give me excellent care. They are true heroes.

After a few weeks, it came time to see my precious little Dr. Huntsinger and face the music of chemo.

Isnít it strange how God works and how humble He makes us? 

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