Breast cancer survivor living the sweeter side of life

If you've ever stopped by Jody's Bakery, you would probably recognize Charlotte Methany. An employee for 29 years, Charlotte Methany loves her job and even a cancer diagnosis couldn't keep her away for long.

Charlotte was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer two and a half years ago. She was diagnosed soon after the discovery of a lump in her left breast. The lump was removed on October 31, 2011, but the surgery was not the end of the battle. Four rounds of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments followed. By the second chemotherapy treatment, she had lost all her hair. But she hadn't lost hope.

"When you hear the word cancer, everybody rallies around the people," she said.

Charlotte praised the Cancer Center in Hattiesburg for their compassionate care and also spoke of the overwhelming support she received from family, co-workers, and members of her church. A fellow employee at Jody's Bakery ensured Charlotte made it to every doctor's appointment and checked on her daily.

Like many survivors, now Charlotte returns to the doctor every six months for a mammogram, chest x-ray, and blood work. She emphasized the importance of regular mammograms and check-ups. Early detection is the key to prevention.

And for those struggling with cancer, she said, "Just lift them up to the Lord in prayer because He hears our prayers. You know, we serve an awesome God."

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