Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s far more common in women.
Caribbean News World reached out to Mrs Vida Darroux a breast cancer survivor to share with us her experience. She encourage every woman out there to pay close attention to their breast and if you ever have to go through this, please remain calm and trust God.
“I first found a lump in my left breast in October of 2015. I visited the doctor where I did a biopsy and was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. When the doctor gave me the results, I was concerned but wasn’t fearful knowing that God would bring me out of this deadly disease. But for me, I knew it wasn’t a death sentence. First off I had to seek God to decide which way I should go. It started off first with removing all sugars in my diet, no meat, strictly local, and no process foods. I kept a strong mind and a will to fight to live.
Being diagnosed with this I never felt not one moment that I was going to die. I told myself I am going to live a very long time and that my God will give me a miracle and that I would do whatever it takes to get back on my feet again. Cancer affected everyone around me. My marriage, my entire family and love ones on a whole. This journey was long and extremely hard. In 2018 I came to Guadeloupe for medical attention. I did not got the medical attention that I needed immediately. I waited a few months to get treated seeking financing but the finance didn’t come so God used three people to get me into emergency to get treated and with the help of God I got through. Going through this, I only held on because of my faith and trust in God. Never would I stayed home from church. Pain or not I remained faithful to God and still is.
I used to speak to God and say ‘look at your daughter breast please deliver me from this’. I did 16 cycles of chemotherapy, 25 rounds of radiotherapy, then surgery and xeloda for 6 months. My first chemotherapy treatment was on the 17th of January 2020. I put the chamber for the chemotherapy on the 29th November 2019. During chemotherapy I felt very tired and sometimes sick but not too sick that I could not live a normal life. I thank God I did what I love most as always, going to church and worship my God and pray I gain strength . From this, the surgery was done on the 28th of April 2020 by Dr.Tramier. When I looked at how she did that surgery, I saw the hand of God. I said is an angel who did that surgery. I had no regrets. It wasn’t as painful as having a tumor on my breast. I did all the 16 cycles of chemotherapy and the surgery. Right after surgery, I had to start off with radiotherapy which got me really more tired from the chemotherapy.
There were times I felt I wanted to stop with that treatment but I heard a voice said keep going you can do this, you will finish to the end, which I did. But all this time I hold on to my faith and my Godly motto is; ‘ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ and faith is the evidence of things hope for not seen. On the 8th of October after my blood tests result, my doctor said the cancer is gone hoping that it does not return in the future. That is what he said to me, but I said it’s not coming back in Jesus Christ mighty Powerful name. I would like to encourage anyone who is going through this, tell yourself that cancer is not a death sentence. keep a strong mind, stay positive, and find God to get strength to do whatever you need to do to survive. Fight, don’t give up, don’t let cancer fight you. Fight cancer with prayers and faith. In God you will make it .All credit goes to God for healing and delivering me from this cancer. I owe My life to him ”
Below are some photos of Mrs. Darroux through her process of operation and treatment.
Thanks to Mrs Vida Darroux for sharing this information with us. We hope that you can be inspired and motivated through her very own experience.
Below are ‘signs and symptoms’ of breast cancer which include,
- A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
- Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast
- Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
- A newly inverted nipple
- Peeling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) or breast skin
- Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange
When to see a doctor
If you find a lump or other change in your breast — even if a recent mammogram was normal — make an appointment with your doctor for prompt evaluation.