Jackie Sully never thought Duncan, her boyfriend of 13 years, would ever ask for her hand in marriage. When he popped the question last Christmas, Jackie was over the moon. However, in the midst of planning the event and editing the guest list, Jackie got word that she had breast cancer. She first felt the lump on Christmas Eve, but since she was only 32 years old and had no family history of the disease, Jackie didn’t think much of it. Jackie underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy quickly after being diagnosed. She even froze her eggs just in case the treatments affect her fertility. She quickly switched from blushing bride to survivor in a span of three weeks.
Jackie says that the cancer made her realize three important things: first, she couldn’t have made it without her family and friends. Second, it is important for all women to get tested – whether or not they are in the high risk category. Last but not the least, cancer made her reflect on how she lived her life. During her treatment Jackie created a ‘Brighter Life List’ where she jotted down and did the things she’s always wanted to do but kept putting off such as baking and joining races. She also made pink felt hearts that she gave to the people who supported her during this ordeal along with a personal message of thanks.
As of September 2014, Jackie is cancer free and has resumed planning her dream wedding.
This Christmas, let us all reflect on the blessings and trials we underwent this past year and continue to spread love, cheer and forgiveness to the people around us. Merry Christmas!
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