“Earth has no sorrow heaven can not heal” were the words I had given to my godson’s (K.T.) mom as we laid him to rest on July 23, 2015 after he was hit in a car accident. One month later, I received the diagnosis that would change my life.
My name is Nicole Armstrong and on August 23, 2015, I was rolled out of the UNC operating room and told I had stage IV colon cancer that had spread to my ovaries and caused me to have a full hysterectomy. I was 42 years old and had NO family history of cancer. What was going on? Everything was moving so fast! The one thing that remained the same was My God for he promised NEVER to leave me alone! I wasn’t scared but encouraged knowing that GOD was in control of it ALL! I prayed two prayers: “Lord don’t let me look like what I’m going through” and “Lord I put ALL my financial needs now and through this entire journey in your hands”. Let me tell you, He has answered these prayers! I look like my normal self and NO my hair hasn’t come out and every financial need has and is being met. Glory to His holy name!
Cat scans, MRI, blood transfusions, shots, medicines, port, chemo, home chemo pump – All this was coming at me. After almost ten days in the hospital and eight weeks of recovery, I recovered well from surgery and was geared up to tackle chemo. I started my first treatment in October and I’m half way through my treatments now. I remain empowered and encouraged as I finish the remaining treatments knowing the LORD didn’t bring me this far to leave me! I must acknowledge UNC doctors and staff for their WONDERFUL CARE & PROFESSIONALISM.
My support circle is GREAT. I can’t even begin to thank everyone. I know I am loved because of the support of the following people – My darling Ed, and my 3 sweet angels God blessed me to birth: Nikiyah, Elise, and Edward IV; my loving mother, Liz Armstrong; my church, Faith Tabernacle of Praise; my beloved sister group, Post Script; Patti Crane and WP friends class: Cherlona, Angie, Sheila, Sharon, Thomasina (breast cancer survivor), Ms. Denise (breast cancer survivor) and my Email Sister who emails me EVERYDAY, Suzy :). SO MANY other friends and family have blessed me and my family beyond measure with their Love, Support, and Prayers. My heart is forever grateful for ALL and to ALL.
I am excited about participating in the Get Your Rear in Gear – Raleigh® Walk this March. I am well on my way to raising funds to meet my team goal of $500 as well as increase awareness about colon cancer.
There is a CAN in CANCER and know you CAN make it! Walk on by FAITH each day.
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