NBC4 reporter Lolita Lopez is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and she's sharing her story with us.
I share because it's what I do.
As a reporter, I travel to all types of communities, meeting wonderful people and finding out what drives them. I learn about their struggles, their conflicts, and their victories.
Every day, I come home hoping I told their stories with respect and dignity. I almost always find myself learning something in the process.
When I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer, I felt like I was given the biggest challenge of my life.
Cancer came at me like a ton of bricks, but I was able to gain control of the things that I could control.
I also realized I had choices. That has made a huge difference to me. Knowledge, choices and relationships and have been my best weapons in my fight with breast cancer.
If you had asked me six months ago, I would have said I knew a lot about breast cancer.
I was wrong.
With the help of the people around me, my doctors, and even strangers, I began learning. I learned about cancer. I learned things about myself. I learned about this amazing community of doctors and healers. I learned about the strength and courage that exists among cancer survivors.
This is my challenge and I am conquering it.
No matter what your challenge is, I hope these stories can give you ways to find the strength I never thought I had.