Real People, Real Stories

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

Dixie Evans

When my doctor found a 7 cm mass on my chest x-ray in April of 2004, it was the worst weekend of my life. The following weeks consisted of doctors’ appointments, tests, biopsies and a lot of waiting. Finally, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

It became apparent that I needed to make a decision. I could either cave into the fear of my diagnosis, or I could make the best of my situation. I chose to rely on and grow in my faith in God. After all, God isn’t everything until he’s all you’ve got. He did for me what I couldn’t do for myself.

I learned about CanCare through my doctor’s nurse and requested a volunteer to mentor me. It was a blessing to have the voice of someone who had walked in my shoes and gotten to the other side. Through CanCare’s volunteer training, above all else, I became a good listener. I visit hospital patients and tell them about CanCare. Most of all, I represent Hope. Being a CanCare volunteer keeps me focused on the positive. It gives me purpose.

I celebrate every day as one more opportunity to live life to the fullest in pursuing God’s will for me. Cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me in many ways because I am grateful for precious life.

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