Brenda Tate

Brenda 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.

As 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 this."






 "You don't know until you go through it, how wonderful people can be."

Brenda Tate
Lexington Clinic Cancer Centers Patient