When Brigida Antonia Nunez received her breast cancer diagnosis in 2006, her family was devastated. It was her second cancer diagnosis, which made it especially difficult for them to handle.
"My son and daughter were in denial at first," says Nunez. "They were so afraid."
But soon, says the Freeport mom and grandmother of seven, they turned their attention to helping her in every way possible. Her family and friends cooked meals, groomed her dog, and held her hand.
"Even people I didn't know reached out to me," says Nunez, explaining that when she was visiting her native Dominican Republic, a neighbor (and fellow breast cancer survivor) whom she'd never met visited to lend her support. Prayer also played a huge role in Nunez' recovery.
"I feel the presence of God in my life every day," she says. "Think positive and have faith in God that everything will be OK."