Real People, Real Stories

Thyroid cancer survivor

Regina Drake

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1998. Upon hearing the words, “I’m sorry to inform you that you have Papillary Carcinoma,” I cried and asked the Lord to help me through this challenge. Whatever the outcome, I’d had a great life – wonderful parents, good job, great house, traveled extensively, terrific friends – a charmed life with no regrets! I entered the hospital with optimism and knew that my doctor’s hands and mind would be led by our Lord and I would be protected. My prayers were answered, and while I had a difficult recovery because the malignancy was so pervasive and other concerns surfaced, I’m doing extremely well and feel wonderful.

I heard about CanCare last year while at a luncheon. After sharing my story with someone at the table, she told me about her friend who worked at CanCare and thought I would probably like the organization. I knew it was a good fit for me, because I have a story to tell others who may feel they are alone in their journey. I am currently supporting someone and helping him to understand some of the things he has encountered. While the challenges of cancer continue for him, he has a new friend in me who can identify with his journey and offer encouragement.

I believe Hope is one of the many gifts God gives to each of us!

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