NFCH hosts 'Girls Night Out'

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

The next guest speaker was Jo Ann Truette.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path,” said Truette. “This is exactly what happened to me five years ago.

“It’s an amazing thing. Oct. 11 I was looking at my calendar just to see the day. Oct. 11, 2007 I picked up the Jacksonville County Times and took it home with me. Of course it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so they had the articles on Breast Cancer Awareness,” Truette said. “I was reading the testimony of a lady who had breast cancer and I thought to myself I had better perform a self-exam because I’ve never done it before.

“Now that is the one thing I have to tell you tonight, do your self-exam. I was having mammograms. I’ve had them going on five years. When I did my self-exam I found a lump. I called my doctor the next day and said I had a lump and I would like to be seen. She called me back and said she made me an appointment with the women’s health clinic and it was for the next Thursday, which they usually didn’t get them that quick. I went in on Thursday and had the mammogram and then on to the sonogram and the lady asked me how large it felt. I said it felt about the size of a dime and as she was rolling the sonogram around it felt a lot bigger then that.

“They did the biopsy and the doctor said there was an 80 percent chance that there was nothing there, but there’s still a 20 percent chance that there was. I had it set in my heart that when the nurse called me Monday morning that I kind of knew what she was going to say,” Truette said. “And she said ‘Jo Ann, you have cancer, but it’s non-invasive.’ She said ‘you can have a lumpectomy and you’ll be fine,’ but this is the rest of the story. The Lord had taken care of it before it even got started and this is how He did it. I was in Birmingham, Ala., and my brother-in-law is Randal Truette. A lot of you know him, he’s from right here in Washington County and he was in the hospital up at UAB in February long before October.

“We were in a waiting room waiting on him and I wasn’t in the waiting room, I was off studying for a test. When I came back into the waiting room my husband said that this lady’s sister is from Greenwood. I said ‘uh-hum’ and didn’t question it; I’m not a busy person. Well, my sister came along and she knew of many people from Greenwood, so she asked ‘who is it?’ The lady’s name was Elizabeth Saunders; you might have run into her, she is a testimony of God’s Grace. Let me show you how God works,” Truette said. “The next morning at UAB, and if you’ve ever been there, it’s a huge hospital; I got in the elevator with her sister going up to see my brother-in-law. I decided I’d go up and visit her.

“She was sitting up in bed and she started telling me about her cancer doctor. She said ‘Jo Ann, I was on that table for 15 hours. If you ever have this problem, this is who you need to go see.’ She wrote the doctor’s name down, her name is Helen Krontiras, M.D., and she’s at the breast clinic in Birmingham. She said that she is the best breast cancer surgeon in the nation. So when my doctor said that I had cancer I was able to say whom I wanted to go see.

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