ABILENE, Texas - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Taylor County Commissioners gathered Tuesday morning to hang wreaths in honor of those fighting and those who have died from the disease.
The month is dedicated to making women more aware of breast cancer, emphasizing the importance of self examinations and staying up to date on mammograms.
A routine mammogram may have saved Myra Holmans' life as it caught a small tumor that would not have been found with a self examination.
"In my case, thank God for mammograms because it picked up what you could not yet feel," said Holmans.
She was diagnosed in November of 2016 and after 10 months of fighting, she was declared cancer free.
"There's a feeling of immediate relief, of course. There's the feeling of great joy that you realize, just how very blessed you are and how different your story could have been," said Holmans.
Her cancer was Stage 1, but she says, it was so aggressive that catching it early truly was the key.
"I am very thankful that there are ways in town that women who cannot afford a mammogram can get one through what is called the 'Hope Fund,'" said Holmans.
If you are without insurance or money to get checked, the Hope Fund at Hendrick Hospital, can help.
"We just want to make sure that women know that there should never be a choice between health and financial obligations," said Elyse Lewis, coordinator of women's services at Hendrick Hospital.
To reach them, you can visit their website or call their number, (325) 670-2000.
"Using the Hope Fund is incredibly easy. You just have to give us a call and we will talk through it with you and get you scheduled and get you in for a mammogram," said Lewis.
After having cancer and beating cancer, Holmans has advice for those battling the disease.
"Take it one step at a time. Sometimes that is one day at a time. Other times you're going to have to wait a while for answers but try not to get all caught up in all of the what if's and horror stories because they don't all turn out that way," said Holmans.
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