NFCH hosts 'Girls Night Out'

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

“I got to the UAB and we were talking about mammograms, this is another note to the wise; if you have dense breasts be very careful,” Truette said. “I got up there and they took me in to do a mammogram and then she took me into another room. I asked her ‘what are we doing in here? We just got done with my mammogram.’ She said that ‘this is for dense breasts and you have dense breasts.’ I had three tumors in one and one in the other located in my lymph nodes; it was three and a half centimeters. If you don’t think God is big enough to take care of every little detail; He had it all under control before I ever even went up there. I had a double mastectomy on Dec. 4, 2007. I had it in Birmingham and the next day I went home.

“My family was there with me and rode with me all the way from Birmingham. That afternoon I got home and went through six weeks of just getting over surgery. When I started my chemotherapy and I wanted to continue working. I don’t know what I did for God to show me so much favor but I went and got my prosthesis and a wig. My wig looked better then my natural hair, my boss said he wished it grow back out just like it. I did, I lost my hair, but I didn’t get any of the ulcers, I never got a low blood count. He had His hand on me. I worked for through the whole five months of chemotherapy and nobody ever even knew I was sick, Truette said.

“I never lost any weight and I never got sick. I’d been praying about reconstruction surgery because I couldn’t stand having the prosthesis, I just wanted to throw them off as soon as I got in the door when I got home. I had cancer insurance and I knew I could do what I wanted to do. I prayed because I had heard that they’d have to take muscle from your stomach or from your rear-end and it sounded so painful. One day I was sitting in my office and I just typed in ‘breast cancer reconstruction.’ There was a clinic in New Orleans that came up and they were able to take fat from other places to reconstruct them. If you ever know of anyone who would want reconstruction just call me, because this place was special. I went out there and they told me it would cost me $12,000 out of pocket to be billed to the insurance company and she asked if I would be interested in their shuttle service. I asked her how much that would cost and she said that it was a part of the cost to take away the anxiety. I said ‘sure.’ The next morning a limousine came to pick me up, with a chauffer. They took us down on St. Charles Street to the doctor’s office. Talk about laughter, we walked in there and the doctor had an emergency that morning with his wife and the doctor I spoke with asked me what size I would like to have. I said ‘well, I used to be a double-D and I got tired of totting that around, so I’d much rather have a c-cup.’ So that’s what I’ve been wearing.

“The next day I went back to have surgery and was in the hospital for four days. I felt as though I was in a hotel. I went back for a check up and hardly had to take any time off for that. Dec. 8, 2008 I had my hair back, I had my breasts back; I was put all back together again and in better shape then what I was. It’s amazing. God’s given me a bigger testimony then I’ve ever had. He has opened the door. I can get on the plane with someone and talk with them all the way to Omaha, Nebraska about the Lord cause they’re listening because I had cancer. There is no end to what God can do if we’re willing to do. One of the things I wanted to say is about attitude. Talk about having a positive attitude. I had a gentleman say ‘you know, it’s your attitude.’ Another thing is I never prayed for healing.

“I had a little Pentecostal friend of mine, she said ‘Jo Ann, I want to pray for you. I want to agree with you. What is it you’re praying for?’ And I said ‘The Grace for each day.’ Throughout it all I’ve never had any fear; God was with me. Everyday He gave me the Grace to face each day. I’ve been fighting it and I am in the clear —I had a PET scan last month,” Truette said.

“I am so blessed and I am so grateful that God has put me in a place where I can share that with you. Cancer is nothing but a problem. I figure that any problem that we can have on this earth can be handled with Him and He grants us the Grace even in spite or ourselves, because He’s good at that too.”



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