Fight the Good Fight

Armed with the unfailing strength and support of their communities, these cancer fighters and survivors share how they chose courage when the odds were against them.

When May began, everything was normal. 

Then came a hardness. “That’s when things went south.” 

Emily Horton worked as a hairstylist alongside her husband, Rob, at ROBS at Drayton Tower when she felt a lump in her left breast. She went to her OBGYN who scheduled her for a mammogram and ultrasound. After both were complete, Horton’s radiologist called her back in for a biopsy “to make sure” the reports were accurate. 
Horton, scared but prepared with support from the presence of her husband, returned to her doctor post-biopsy to hear the pathology report results. Her doctor confirmed the worst. 

Then came numbness. 

“So many things run through your mind,” Horton recalls upon hearing she had breast cancer. “At first, I didn’t even know what to think. I couldn’t feel anything.” 
The meaning of those three words, “You have cancer,” seemed to contradict the fact Horton was 36-years-old and “super healthy.” She felt no pain, exhaustion, or any other symptom she assumed foreshadowed a cancer diagnosis. 

Following that fateful appointment this past May, Horton continued working at ROBS while undergoing six rounds of chemotherapy. October brought welcome news: her tumors were shrinking and her body was responding well to medication. Now finished with chemo, Horton calls her battle against cancer an “ongoing process” but one that’s looking up. 

“I would have chemo one week, and then for that whole week I would feel pretty bad,” she explains. “I wouldn’t be able to work, because my immune system would be down. I was working about one third of what I used to work. I still worked but not at the capacity I was working before.” 

Horton recently went to Atlanta for an MRI and bone scan, both of which determine how her body is recovering post-chemo.

“It’s a lot,” she admits. “I can’t let myself go to that place of thinking ‘What if, what if, what if,’ because I feel like I won’t ever get out of that place. I choose to look at the positives in the situation. It’s brought me people who are so dear to my heart. Friends have gotten closer and I’ve made friends with people I wasn’t friends with before. I just try to look at the silver lining of everything.”

 

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