Life is an endless series of doors
Nothing can stop Anica Doyle. Not even breast cancer. She has an unwavering appreciation for life – and an appreciation for those who are saving hers.
Anica’s “speedbump” (as she chooses to call it) began when she discovered a visible lump in her breast while taking a shower. “It had been about five years since I had my last mammogram, but this lump seemed to have appeared overnight. I was really worried because I knew something wasn’t right.”
Anica drove to a parking lot in Mid-City the next day where she received a mammogram in Woman’s Mobile Mammography Coach, which provides free breast screening services to uninsured women.
“Everything happened so fast,” she said. “The staff informed me I had cancer, but I felt safe knowing that Woman’s already had the ball rolling from day one.”
That rolling ball includes everything from scheduling appointments with her oncologist to meetings with a registered dietitian to help her better tolerate food during treatment. “Woman’s is taking care of everything. They lifted such a big worry off my shoulders.”
Support groups have also made cancer easier for her. “It’s enlightening to meet women who are breast cancer survivors for more than 30 years. They are doing well. Woman’s gave them hope.”
From the very beginning, Anica has felt like she isn’t the only one fighting her disease. “I include my doctors and nurses in my prayers, and everyone at Woman’s who has helped me along the way. They are my guides through all of this.”
Today, Anica is undergoing chemotherapy, but her real therapy is helping others in her same situation. “It’s so important to uplift other women with cancer. I tell them, embrace your bald head. Connect with people you love. Appreciate your life – and live it!”