LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Carolyn Ward's life changed 13 years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time. But Ward made a decision early on that she was going to start each day with a smile.
"I was diagnosed in March of 2000 after I had a biopsy done," Ward said. "In April of 2000 I had a partial mastectomy."
Four years later Ward learned the cancer was back, and for the next 13 years Ward would battle breast cancer.
"I said we've got 15 minutes for a pity part and then we're done," Ward said. "We're going to get down to work and do whatever needs to be done and that's the same thing I told my husband when he was diagnosed."
Her journey has been a long one losing her husband and five family members to cancer while she was undergoing treatment for the same disease.
With her family by her side, and her new family she met at the IU Health Arnett cancer center, she's still undergoing treatment. She said having that support is what gets her through each day.
"Somebody that's going to be there that will say, 'Come on you can do it. Just give it one more shot. Just try.' You've go to have that or you won't make this journey," Ward said.
Ward's cancer is now in remission. She said while she tries to stay positive her journey hasn't always been easy.
"Because you do wonder what's next. What's going to happen? Can I do it? That's just part of cancer," Ward said.
With a smile on her face Ward said she's looking forward to the future.
"My journey is never going to end and it's always going to be fun to think what's tomorrow going to bring? What's in store for me next week? As long as I keep a good attitude I'm going to be able to find out what's going to be next week or next month, or next year," Ward said.
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