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In February 2004, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. I was 29 years old at the time, working full-time, teaching part-time and taking evening classes towards a Masterís Degree. I was shocked. When the doctorís told me it was Stage II cancer, my husband and I laughed in total denial. After many tests and much prayer, we realized that this was real and we had to deal with it.

I started chemotherapy in April and finished in the later part of July. As terrified as I am of needles and anything medically related, God was right there with me through the entire process. I was able to remain active and never felt any real pain or sickness. He allowed me to continue working a full time job, while finishing evening courses until I graduated in August. I was so excited about God and all that he had done in my life when I walked across that stage, knowing that I was graduating Summa Cum Laude, with a 4.0 grade point average AND that I had no more detectable cancer cells in her body.

At present, I am undergoing radiation treatment (for preventative purposes). However, I continue to work full-time and am now pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Career and Technology Education at Clemson University.

The one thing I must share with everyone is that life is meant to be lived. It doesnít end just because you have cancer. You must pray and turn it over to God and let him work in your life. Remember, if God brings you to it, HE WILL bring you through it. You just have to trust him.

Thank you

Laurie Hillstock


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