When Vera Drayton was told she had breast cancer in late January 1995, it was a complete surprise.
I didn’t have a lump or any other symptoms,” says Vera.
But her routine mammogram revealed a suspicious mass. “When the doctor told me to come in for a follow-up, I still wasn’t concerned,” she says. “It wasn’t until he did the biopsy and said I had cancer that I had even thought it was possible.“
Today, more than 15 years later, Vera is cancer-free and feeling healthy.
“I used to think cancer was a deadly weapon,” she says. “And, although it can be, I learned that you can live a very long time after having cancer - I’m proof of it!”
Vera says it was her religious faith, along with the support of her husband, her children and her “church family,” that kept her calm.
“At first, it’s scary to hear the word ‘cancer,’ but I just knew I would be healed,” she says.