2007-03-14 / Community

A Long Journey but Not Alone

by Linda Dozier, Survivors Chairman of Relay for Life

October 31, 2000, is a day that I will never forget. What happened? I was diagnosed with "cancer."

Shocked! Frantic! Scared! I don't really know how to explain my feelings.

Thoughts, thoughts, and more thoughts ran through my mind day and night.

Major decisions had to be made. What do I do was asked and thought about many times. Who can I talk to about all these medical decisions that had to be made and would affect me as well as my family for the rest of my life.

Nobody, but my loving God. I prayed and asked God for His leadership and guidance through every decision. Praise, honor, and glory go to God for all decisions that were made.

In the span of a year, I had four surgeries and took six months of chemotherapy. None of this was easy, and treatments were terrible, but God was always with me and my family giving each of us strength, mind, and increased faith. "I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me," Phillipians 4:13.

In closing, I would like to tell you that I have the privilege of being chairman for survivors for the Relay for Life. The Relay for Life is an event organized through the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization that helps cancer victims and survivors in many ways; monetarily when possible, with support groups, etc., but most of all through research and education.

I would like to give each survivor, family members, and caregivers, a special invitation to join us at the Relay for Life on April 13 at Spring Creek Park. The relay begins at 6:00 p.m. Come early if you can. This will be a night for fellowship and fun to be together.

If you have received a form from me, please return it as soon as possible. If you need a form sent to you, please call me at 229- 758-2602.

Thanks to God, I am a sixyear survivor. My last words will be "Ain't God Good."
God Bless Everyone,
            Linda Dozier

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