NFCH hosts 'Girls Night Out'

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM.

CHIPLEY — In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, hundreds rallied together for food, shopping and support at Northwest Florida Community Hospital’s annual even Girls Night Out held on the evening of Oct. 11 at the Washington County Agricultural Center in Chipley.

Venders from far and wide came to sell their wears and donate portions for cancer causes such as the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for a Cure.

Two guest speakers were invited to give their testimonies of how they experienced, coped and fought to overcome breast cancer.

The first speaker was L. Dianne Myrick.

“You’ve got to have the spiritual; you have to talk to Him,” said Myrick. “Cause He knows what’s going on. No one else knows because they’re not going through it, but He knows. My chemo family, I love them. We have a ball. When one leaves, it makes us sad, but we are so grateful. I’m grateful that I have breast cancer and not my children; not my grandchildren.

“I’ve seen children with cancer,” Myrick said. “I can handle it for my children, I can handle it for my grandchildren, I can handle it for all of you. If you don’t have a support group, call me. I’ll support you. I’ve seen women who have nobody. I have a list; we’re going through it together. Do it together. That’s your family now. They know what you’re going through. Don’t give up. Don’t get depressed. You’re going to. I’ve been there.

“I’ve shed my tears. I’ve got depressed. I had to make myself get up. Just because you’ve got cancer doesn’t mean you should stop living. In fact I live more now then I did without cancer. I’m more spiritual now then I was without. You gain much more then you loose, but you’ve got to have a positive attitude. The biggest majority of my things is laughter. Laughter has gotten me through the worst things in my life. Laughter has gotten me into trouble and out,” Myrick said.

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