Thirty years ago, Lydia Tolle did a self-breast exam… she noticed something didn’t feel right. She found a lump and knew in that moment something was wrong.
After going to the doctor to express her concerns, she was stunned at the news she had received- Breast Cancer.
She couldn’t believe that this could happen. There wasn’t anyone in her immediate family who had cancer. She had felt as if the world was closing in on her, but thought, “Lord, the worst thing that could happen is that I could die from this, the other is that they would remove my breast. So I left it in His hands, I did my part and He did His.”
Lydia turned her state of shock into a state of positivity. She had a mastectomy and went through six months of chemotherapy.
Through her breast cancer journey, one of the biggest lessons learned was there is always hope! She says, “It is important that you stay positive and surround yourself with love. Remember to take one day at a time.” She also learned that it’s important to exercise and stay healthy. Be your own advocate. If something doesn’t feel right, talk to your doctor. Early detection is key.
Lydia is very proud to say she is now a 30 year breast cancer survivor! She is a breast cancer advocate, Komen San Antonio volunteer and 2016 Race Top Team fundraiser.Lydia empowers women to know their body and get screened, regardless of life circumstances. She’s a champion, advocate and inspiration to us all.