Real People, Real Stories

Breast cancer survivor

Pat Little

I am married to Mike – he is also a cancer survivor and CanCare volunteer. We have been married for more than 50 years and have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren. I enjoy people, reading and being able to attend grandchildren’s activities. Since my husband’s retirement at the beginning of this year, I enjoy spending more time with him and doing things we both enjoy. We hope to do more traveling in the near future.

I retired in 1992 when Easter Airlines ceased operations. I worked in Customer Relations. I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in February of 2011 and underwent a lumpectomy and radiation.

CanCare was introduced to me from our deacon at church and I went to the introductory meeting to see if that was something I could get involved with to have a means of giving back for all the support my husband and I received when we were diagnosed.

There are so many questions in your mind that are not always answered from the professionals that are treating you or your loved one that has been diagnosed. A volunteer from CanCare that has been through it as a survivor or caretaker is able to address or just listen to your concerns.

My faith in God and belief in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord gave me the courage and strength to face cancer when my husband was diagnosed 7 years ago with colon cancer. Then again when I was diagnosed five years later. The prayer support and love we both received from our family, friends and Christian community kept our spirits and strength uplifted during difficult times of sickness or emotions.

I serve on the Atlanta Board of Representatives and as a lead volunteer for our church. Most of my volunteer work has been one on one with care takers. I have enjoyed the interaction with women from different parts of the country and different age groups. Learning how to listen and empathize with the fears, concerns and exhaustion that many caretakers experience in caring for their loved ones. I am especially grateful for the training we received from the Houston team and the continuing education meetings we have to keep us informed of all that is available to survivors. It also gives opportunity to meet regularly with other volunteers from the area to express concerns or ask for prayers.

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