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3 days ago

Cancer GPS

MARYBETH’S STORY, Part III:
Part I: bit.ly/2q6XMTq
Part II: bit.ly/2H4f6yK

I once thought, I’m in pretty good health now; maybe I'll live until I'm eighty. I was in control, on some level, of my environment, my house, the dogs, my job, my family, my friends, my health. But during treatment, it all seemed fleeting. I got a real sense of how fragile life is.

Looking back almost ten years later, the most important piece of my cancer journey is the realization of not being in charge, of not being in control. The God of my understanding, Jesus Christ, has the plan. I came to really know God on a deeper level through this because of the people in my life.

My family was here for me. My cousins. My doctor. All the people at the cancer center. People couldn't have been more helpful and loving and kind. I just felt the love of God through all of them.

It was a difficult thing to receive from other people. Being in a helping profession as a physical therapist, I'm used to giving and going and doing for other people. It's a position of being in control in a lot of ways. But when you're in a position of sickness and you need to receive, there’s a psychological shift that takes place. I couldn't fight it. It was a process of accepting my physical limitations, which was really hard. It was about really accepting that I needed other people's help on a level that I hadn't known before.

When I started to see how everything was unfolding, how I was being taken care of, how well I was taken care of, then I saw God's hand in the whole thing. The way people stepped up to help me was the most overwhelming awareness of God's love that I'd ever had.

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MARYBETH’S STORY, Part III:
Part I: bit.ly/2q6XMTq
Part II: bit.ly/2H4f6yK

I once thought, I’m in pretty good health now; maybe Ill live until Im eighty. I was in control, on some level, of my environment, my house, the dogs, my job, my family, my friends, my health. But during treatment, it all seemed fleeting. I got a real sense of how fragile life is.

Looking back almost ten years later, the most important piece of my cancer journey is the realization of not being in charge, of not being in control. The God of my understanding, Jesus Christ, has the plan. I came to really know God on a deeper level through this because of the people in my life.

My family was here for me. My cousins. My doctor. All the people at the cancer center. People couldnt have been more helpful and loving and kind. I just felt the love of God through all of them.

It was a difficult thing to receive from other people. Being in a helping profession as a physical therapist, Im used to giving and going and doing for other people. Its a position of being in control in a lot of ways.  But when youre in a position of sickness and you need to receive, there’s a psychological shift that takes place. I couldnt fight it. It was a process of accepting my physical limitations, which was really hard. It was about really accepting that I needed other peoples help on a level that I hadnt known before. 

When I started to see how everything was unfolding, how I was being taken care of, how well I was taken care of, then I saw Gods hand in the whole thing. The way people stepped up to help me was the most overwhelming awareness of Gods love that Id ever had. 

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#MyStoryCancerGPS
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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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Thank you, Marybeth for your story and your love for God and His love for you.

God bless you Marybeth! I love how Spirit carried you through and you took such great care of him. ❤️ May you continue to thrive and enjoy every day.

Mary Beth such heart felt words I wish you Health happiness and my best wishes to you for Ever Take care of your self Mary Beth lv Brucie xx 😌 🍀🍀♥️

MO one knows what tomorrow may bring some think they do

You are an inspiration, Marybeth. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Amen 🙏

God bless you 🙏

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1 week ago

Cancer GPS

MARYBETH’S STORY, Part II:

Right in the middle of my second chemo, I found out that my dog Spirit had cancer in his jaw. So from then on, my attention was not on myself; it was on him and getting his jaw better.

He was such a great incentive for me. I always took him for a walk before I went to work. I tried to run him around and get him tired because he was my only dog at the time. I wanted to take good care of him.

After I was diagnosed with cancer, my friend Pauline kept saying to me, “You really need to take good care of yourself with all of this.”

I would tell her, “I’ve got to keep walking the dog.”

Walking the dog kept me sane. It really did. My attention on him helped me get through the whole thing. There were times when I fell because my legs wouldn't hold me up after the chemo. But I said, “I'm gonna walk this dog.” I knew the day I didn’t walk that dog wouldn’t be good for me. I would call my friend Pauline and say, “I'm walking Spirit,” and she would talk me through the whole thing.

Having Spirit was such a huge piece of not focusing on myself so much. Of course, I knew it was good for him, too.

How weird that my dog and I would have cancer at the same time. But we did. And Spirit survived it and I survived. It was quite a journey, and such a blessing, too, because it took my attention off how terrible I felt.

What an incredible gift Spirit was for me!

*** Marybeth and her dog Spirit survived cancer together. Several years after their diagnoses and successful treatments, Spirit passed away from a neurological disease. Marybeth now shares her home with Sophie and Simon, pictured here. The inset photo is of Spirit, supporting the fight against breast cancer with his pink ball cap! ***

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• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

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• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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MARYBETH’S STORY, Part II:

Right in the middle of my second chemo, I found out that my dog Spirit had cancer in his jaw. So from then on, my attention was not on myself; it was on him and getting his jaw better. 

He was such a great incentive for me. I always took him for a walk before I went to work. I tried to run him around and get him tired because he was my only dog at the time. I wanted to take good care of him. 

After I was diagnosed with cancer, my friend Pauline kept saying to me, “You really need to take good care of yourself with all of this.” 

I would tell her, “I’ve got to keep walking the dog.” 

Walking the dog kept me sane. It really did. My attention on him helped me get through the whole thing. There were times when I fell because my legs wouldnt hold me up after the chemo. But I said, “Im gonna walk this dog.” I knew the day I didn’t walk that dog wouldn’t be good for me. I would call my friend Pauline and say, “Im walking Spirit,” and she would talk me through the whole thing. 

Having Spirit was such a huge piece of not focusing on myself so much. Of course, I knew it was good for him, too. 

How weird that my dog and I would have cancer at the same time. But we did. And Spirit survived it and I survived. It was quite a journey, and such a blessing, too, because it took my attention off how terrible I felt.

What an incredible gift Spirit was for me!

*** Marybeth and her dog Spirit survived cancer together. Several years after their diagnoses and successful treatments, Spirit passed away from a neurological disease. Marybeth now shares her home with Sophie and Simon, pictured here. The inset photo is of Spirit, supporting the fight against breast cancer with his pink ball cap! ***

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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Marybeth - thanks for powerful story of experience, strength & hope. Remember Spirit well & his transformation through your love & patience. ❤️

Thank you all very much for your kind feedback. It really means a lot. I'm so grateful for my life and the many friends, family and "Spirit" who gave me the courage to get well....and the two newer pups keep me busy taking care of them as well!

I have just finished being treated for Sequence cell Cancer in my throat. I have 2 cats that visit me, they are grate company and when I see them they make my day.

What an amazing story so glad you both survived cancer and even though Spirit has now gone to doggy heaven you must feel blessed that you had such a lovely dog. Good to know you have got 2 new beautiful dogs x

Such a beautiful story Mary Beth. I could feel the ache when you lost her.. Thank you for sharing.

I think Dogs keep you sane they help through the bad times what would we do without them 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

You are a wonderful inspiration, Marybeth, and I love you.

Beautiful story. God bless u & your dogs. I have a golden lab that is my life.

Thinking of you Marybeth, I’ve been there ❤️❤️❤️...

Just a beautiful story GOD BLESS U

Marybeth Behringer that is such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. 💗

Beautiful Thanks For Sharing

How beautiful awwww 💕🐾🐾🐾🐾

Thankyou

God Bless

Beautiful story....

Well done x

Beautiful

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2 weeks ago

Cancer GPS

MARYBETH’S STORY

I have had fibrocystic breasts all of my life. I'd had mammogram after mammogram, and they said, “You have really cystic breasts. Do the self exams,” and I’d say, “Okay. It's not that I'm not willing to do it, but I don't think I'll ever know, I don’t think I would be able to tell a difference.”

One night I came home and took a shower, normal routine, and I felt this huge bump, like one of those big marbles, and I thought, “Oh, my gosh. This isn't good.” And I wondered why it was not there one day but the next day it was.

During the biopsy, I asked the surgeon, "Well, how does it look in there?" He said, “I think it's really just fibrous tissue.” Then I thought, “Why did I even go through this? I should've known it's just fibrous tissue.” I felt foolish.

So back to work, back to normal.

Then I got a call on a Thursday afternoon, and it was the surgeon. He said, “The news isn't good. Would you like to come over to the office?”

I was working at the hospital as a physical therapist. I told him, “I'm treating patients right now, and I really can't leave. Let me sit down, and just tell me what it is.”

“You have invasive lobular breast cancer. You really need to have surgery right away.”

I had a lot of preconceived ideas about breast cancer, especially about cystic breasts and how all of that worked. So the important piece of this for me is self examination, because I had a negative mammogram and a negative ultrasound. If I went on that information alone without the self exam, that wouldn't have been a good thing at all. But I did the self exam, and this year is my ten year anniversary as a cancer survivor.

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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MARYBETH’S STORY

I have had fibrocystic breasts all of my life. Id had mammogram after mammogram, and they said, “You have really cystic breasts. Do the self exams,” and I’d say, “Okay. Its not that Im not willing to do it, but I dont think Ill ever know, I don’t think I would be able to tell a difference.” 

One night I came home and took a shower, normal routine, and I felt this huge bump, like one of those big marbles, and I thought, “Oh, my gosh. This isnt good.” And I wondered why it was not there one day but the next day it was. 

During the biopsy, I asked the surgeon, Well, how does it look in there? He said, “I think its really just fibrous tissue.” Then I thought, “Why did I even go through this? I shouldve known its just fibrous tissue.” I felt foolish.

So back to work, back to normal.

Then I got a call on a Thursday afternoon, and it was the surgeon. He said, “The news isnt good. Would you like to come over to the office?” 

I was working at the hospital as a physical therapist. I told him, “Im treating patients right now, and I really cant leave. Let me sit down, and just tell me what it is.” 

“You have invasive lobular breast cancer. You really need to have surgery right away.”

I had a lot of preconceived ideas about breast cancer, especially about cystic breasts and how all of that worked. So the important piece of this for me is self examination, because I had a negative mammogram and a negative ultrasound. If I went on that information alone without the self exam, that wouldnt have been a good thing at all. But I did the self exam, and this year is my ten year anniversary as a cancer survivor.

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#MyStoryCancerGPS
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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #fibrocystic • #cancer • #cancersucks • #fibrocysticbreastcancer • #fightcancer • #selfexam • #selfexamination • #MyStoryCancerGPS • #breastselfexam • #hopeforcancer • #socialgood • #curecancer • #humaninterest • #HONY • #storycorps • #HumansOfNewYork

Comment on Facebook

Good for you! Strong survivor!

Hooray for 10 years and counting! Living proof self exams, performed regularly, work. Here's to the next ten!

Hope you have many more years x

I found my own too! I am going on my tenth year also! Praying for you to stay cancer free!🙏🙏

Great, Marybeth! 10 x 10 years more! ❤🙏❤

Bravo, Marybeth! I love you!

Thank you so much for sharing this. I had no idea. You are a courageous survivor.

Thankful and pray you will stay well

God bless you always .

Prayers for many more, and of course a cure for all cancers

Congratulations on 10th Anniversary more birthdays prayers

Well done so happy for you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

God is great, so happy for you.

God Bless!!!! 💜💜💜💜

Praise God for your healing

Amen

Congratulations!!

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3 weeks ago

Cancer GPS

KATHRYN’S STORY, Part III

For a while, seeing my dad going through all he went through, seeing my grandmother, and then watching multiple friends go through cancer, and it’s just like, What in the world? Why is this happening?

You know it doesn't make sense that people die young, or at all, or go through cancer, but I have to believe there's a reason why God puts us through this. Why he decides to put certain people in our lives, why he puts certain obstacles in our lives, you know what I mean?

I believe there has be a reason for everything. I don't believe that bad things are planned, but I think stuff happens, and then there's that chain reaction. It’s like something happens so something else can happen.

I feel that there has to be something that comes out of every experience we have. Something meaningful, even if the actual thing doesn't make sense. It’s about the impact it leaves. Something good has to come out of it. That's what I try to believe.

If someone is struggling and they go through this huge experience, it can really shift their perspective on life and make them appreciate what they have and what they’ve been through. It's really changed how my friends see the world. How my two friends who have been through cancer and are in remission are now and how they were before is completely different. They're just more appreciative of their lives. They don't worry as much about little things that teenagers worry about. I guess when you are faced with death at such a young age, it just changes how you appreciate stuff. You know what I mean?

One other thing I've noticed is that a lot of people who go through cancer really find God in their experiences, and that helps strengthen my faith. I'm so thankful to God for every single experience I've had to get me here, even though it's been rough.

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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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KATHRYN’S STORY, Part III

For a while, seeing my dad going through all he went through, seeing my grandmother, and then watching multiple friends go through cancer, and it’s just like, What in the world? Why is this happening? 

You know it doesnt make sense that people die young, or at all, or go through cancer, but I have to believe theres a reason why God puts us through this. Why he decides to put certain people in our lives, why he puts certain obstacles in our lives, you know what I mean?

I believe there has be a reason for everything. I dont believe that bad things are planned, but I think stuff happens, and then theres that chain reaction. It’s like something happens so something else can happen. 

I feel that there has to be something that comes out of every experience we have. Something meaningful, even if the actual thing doesnt make sense. It’s about the impact it leaves. Something good has to come out of it. Thats what I try to believe. 

If someone is struggling and they go through this huge experience, it can really shift their perspective on life and make them appreciate what they have and what they’ve been through. Its really changed how my friends see the world. How my two friends who have been through cancer and are in remission are now and how they were before is completely different. Theyre just more appreciative of their lives. They dont worry as much about little things that teenagers worry about. I guess when you are faced with death at such a young age, it just changes how you appreciate stuff. You know what I mean? 

One other thing Ive noticed is that a lot of people who go through cancer really find God in their experiences, and that helps strengthen my faith. Im so thankful to God for every single experience Ive had to get me here, even though its been rough.

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#MyStoryCancerGPS
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• All stories are based on spoken interviews.

• Scroll through the Cancer GPS Facebook feed to view more stories.

• Visit www.cancergps.org for cancer tips and more.

• Visit www.youtube.com/GPSMentoring for videos about specific cancers.

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#cancerawareness • #standuptocancer • #survivor • #cancersurvivor • #volunteerism• #cancer • #cancersucks • #cancervolunteer • #fightcancer • #volunteer • #dogood • #MyStoryCancerGPS • • #hope • #hopeforcancer • • #socialgood • #curecancer • #humaninterest • #HONY • #storycorps • #HumansOfNewYork
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