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Angie Blankenship Testimonial for the Bob Huggins Fish Fry

Angie Blankenship Testimonial for the Bob Huggins Fish Fry


I said to her, ‘Do I need to get my life
in order? Am I going to die?’ and she said ‘We’re all going to die,’
and at that moment, I think I kind of was like, ‘Okay, here we go.’ My cancer journey began in March of 2015. They call you in the back and they sit you at this table and they’re like, ‘it is breast cancer.’ I didn’t want to be in this journey. I wasn’t strong enough to carry it myself, but I had hope in the Lord and that my faith was what was
going to get us through this. At that moment I knew that I was going through
this journey so that I could help someone else, so that I could bring
awareness. We decided that we would have a double mastectomy. When I woke up, I woke up to a jubilation of they got the cancer and it’s not anywhere else. And, so, it was now we have to begin the journey of healing. I moved to West
Virginia and I called the Cancer Institute. Your diet is affected, your
demographic and your lifestyle is affected and there’s days where I
don’t want to get out of bed and there’s days I can’t get out of bed, that my
bones hurt and I can’t wake up, but people don’t understand that – I’m a
survivor. I’m cancer-free. What’s the problem? The Cancer
Institute understands that. They have groups, they have where you can do yoga,
they have dieticians that will meet with you and go over what you should eat and
sugar-free and what’s helpful and what supplements. Those are the
things that keep me whole and that’s what the Cancer Institute is. They are
the the pillow that I fall into that I didn’t know I needed. There is a
knowledge, there is a community, there is a calm that when you go into that place,
you know they get it, they want to help you, they want to support you and they
want to help you grow. The Fish Fry, it’s funny, I went to my husband I was like
‘Hey, you know, they need help. They need food, we do food. I’m a
breast cancer survivor. This is near and dear to my heart, we have to get
involved. As a survivor, and I’m watching all of the craziness involved
in putting it together, and I’m just standing back and in a weird, almost
out-of-body experience where you’re looking at it and you’re like, ‘This
is real. This is what we need. This is for me. This is for your mom. This is for your
friends. This is for people that don’t know that they’re gonna need this that
are going to need this. Why else would I go through such a
horrific experience to not be able to find some kind of joy? I mean, I can harp
on the misery or I can be like, ‘You know what? I went through that. I get it. this
is why I want you to have better than what I had. This is what was here for me
and hopefully if your children or your parents or your people in your life
are affected by this disease, that they will get better treatment than I
had and I had it pretty good, but it can only get better and so that’s why I feel
like, for me, grace has been bestowed upon me, so anything that I can
do to help those that come behind me, it’s my responsibility to participate in
that. If you’re thinking about coming to the Fish Fry, just do it. As a survivor, as
a cancer patient, what I get from you being here is so much more than you
could ever imagine, because what they do is they take this and they build and
they build and they build. Breast cancer or any cancer is a journey. They call it a
journey for a reason. We have a new normal and the Cancer Institute and the
support of things like Bob Huggins and the Fish Fry allows us to live our new
normal in a way that is comforting. And it’s important and we
need you.

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