Who’s in your family? My husband, Matt, and two golden retrievers, Jack and Sophie. My parents, Tom and Amelia Scott, also live in Columbus. My older brother, Drew, lives in St. Pete Beach, Fla.
You’re in remission with cancer. Talk about how it was diagnosed and how it affected your faith. I noticed a bump underneath my tongue for two months that continued to get irritated and didn’t go away. I went to an oral surgeon for a biopsy and on Sept. 24, I was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Within a week, I was admitted to University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital and had a third of my tongue removed. Ten days later, I had a neck dissection to remove 40 lymph nodes on either side of my neck.
I have always believed that God will not give you more than you can handle. There was a point where I kept getting bad news. “It’s cancer, it has spread to your lymph nodes, it’s Stage 3 with an aggressive growth pattern, you need radiation, you need chemo.” I had a peace throughout the entire experience knowing that God was in control, no matter what the outcome would be. … I am the youngest patient with this kind of cancer that any of my doctors have seen and have no risk factors. God had this in His plan for me and I am a stronger person for it. I constantly remind myself of how all of the bad news I received was so often followed by answered prayers and the good news of being in remission.
Where did you find and receive support through it? I was blown away by the love and support that I felt from friends, family and even people that I didn’t know from church, work and our community. My family set up a CaringBridge Web page to update my progress through treatment and that served as daily inspiration to read messages that people would write on my page.
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What do you do for a living? I have worked at TSYS for the past five years in North American Sales. My job allows me to travel and constantly meet new people, which I enjoy.
What’s a pet peeve? Complacency. It bothers me when people can’t get motivated to do things to improve any situation. Especially after having a new perspective on life after cancer, it is such a pet peeve when I see people not getting out of life as much as they can. Get moving! Our life here is short.
Hobbies? I enjoy exercising and painting. Working out is a part of my daily routine and always makes me feel better. It also helped me regain my strength that I lost during treatment. I had a goal to get back in the gym a week after every round of chemo. I don’t paint as much as I used to because I am running out of bare wall space to hang paintings.