Wrapped in Hope: Leslie’s Testimony

27 Sep

img_1053Leslie Carter was diagnosed with breast cancer July 11, 2013 after she found a lump herself while in the shower. Instead of letting her diagnosis get the best of her, Leslie used this difficult situation as a platform to help others. “God chose me,” Leslie said. She firmly believes the reason she was chosen to go through this was to touch someone else along the way. Leslie knows that she is meant to share her story with others and be a reminder of hope. She also uses her story to prompt women to be aware of their bodies and take care of themselves.

Leslie began getting mammograms early, at age 30, after her mother died of pancreatic cancer. She always knew that it was possible she would get cancer as well, she never thought “it won’t happen to me.” However, no matter their history, Leslie strongly recommends that every woman get mammograms and do self checks to be safe.

img_1059Leslie praises her family for being such a great support during this hard time in her life. She remembers her husband telling her, “We aren’t just going to sit in the corner and cry,” they were going to fight through it. Leslie’s motto was “Turn to God, He will get me through this.”

Leslie says now, over three years after her diagnosis and having gone through chemo therapy and a double mastectomy, “If I got through that, I can get through anything.”

 

“Staying positive is 50% of your battle,” Leslie said.

Leslie had a great support system which included her family, community, church and the EAMC breast health center. She says she couldn’t have asked for anything more than the help and love that she received from these outlets.

“I have hope because you see how supportive community is, you see how people want to help you,” Leslie said. “Hope is so positive. It’s like trust and faith. You have hope, faith and trust, that’s what keeps me going.”

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Leslie received many books, daily devotions and journals that meant a lot to her. Some of her favorites were Your Journey with God Through Cancer and Beyond 365 Daily Devotions and Journal, Jesus Calling, and Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence. “All of these devotions and journals were so special to me through my cancer journey,” Leslie said.

Leslie said that the best way to wrap in hope someone affected by breast cancer is to simply be in touch and communicate with them. Calling, texting or just sending a note can mean so much. Leslie said the most uplifting thing was when someone would say ‘I’m praying for you’ or ‘I’m thinking about you.’ “It doesn’t matter what it is, big or little, it doesn’t make a difference,” Leslie said. One of the most important things she said that has meant a lot to her is people that continue to check in and pray for her. Keeping the support going years after is just as important as in the beginning.

Touched & inspired by this amazingly strong woman,
Caroline Haney
Wrapsody Intern

One Response to “Wrapped in Hope: Leslie’s Testimony”

  1. Nancy Carter September 28, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    Leslie, you brought happy tears♡ you are beautiful, inspiring and strong and proof that looking forward with your positive attitude, you shall overcome. You are always in my prayers. Love you!!

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