has been married to her husband Raymond for 41 years. She is a mother
of two and has two grandchildren that she enjoys dearly. She retired
from the Madison County School System and is very active in her church
and community. Brenda has always been faithful about having her annual
mammogram, and in June of 2012 that willingness to take time out to care
for herself paid off.
"They wanted to see me back after my
mammogram, I didn't think anything of it, but they found something," Brenda said. After her breast cancer diagnosis Brenda underwent multiple
surgeries, including a lumpectomy. "I just felt I had to keep a
positive attitude. If you have that attitude and you have faith in God
and in your doctors and medical professionals, it really helps, it
really goes a long way," said Brenda.
Once her surgeries were
complete, Brenda underwent six chemotherapy treatments. "I had a great
amount of support from my family and friends, even neighbors; I would
never have expected such an overwhelming amount of support. You never
know until you go through it, how wonderful people can be," said Brenda.
she finishes the last of 30 radiation treatments, Brenda is now
reflecting on some of the positives that came from her cancer
experience. "I am now involved in Relay for Life, which I'm looking
forward to, and I have met new friends and some really great people. I
can't say enough about the medical professionals at Richmond Regional
Oncology Center. This group is just super. I would advise that anyone
with cancer come here," said Brenda.
When asked what advice she
would give to a newly diagnosed cancer patient, Brenda confidently said, "Look up and try to keep a positive attitude. Try to stay upbeat, even
though sometimes you won't feel like being upbeat. You can get through
"You don't know until you go through it, how wonderful people can be."
Brenda Tate Lexington Clinic Cancer Centers Patient
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