Member Stories: Meet Tabitha

June 1, 2024

Ms. June's story is lovingly sponsored by Joanne and Mike Stephans

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The theme of A Calendar to Live By 2024 is to Write an Optimistic New Narrative. All 12 women who grace its pages have honest, inspiring stories written in their own words to share with readers -- as well as words of advice for other young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Read on to get to know more about Ms. June 2024.

Tabitha Adkins – Ms. June | Diagnosed at 35 (2016)

When people ask how I can have a smile on my face no matter what I am going through I say that I am an amazing survivor, fighter, and conqueror. I am a true definition of a champion fighter who masters the ring, never backing down, bringing home the victory every round with God in my corner. I am a mother, daughter, and friend that has learned to appreciate the relationships in my life. I have battled many challenges with God’s help. Facing type 1 diabetes, breast cancer, and end stage renal disease have drained me mentally, physically, and spiritually however these obstacles have made me stronger, wiser, and more grateful. I now know that God has been preparing me to be a warrior since birth, equipping me to withstand the blows of the enemy. My breast cancer diagnosis brought on emotions NO ONE will understand unless you have personally experienced it. Cancer is emotionally exhausting and painful. Somehow you feel like a failure. Cancer treatment teaches that every day is a battle to choose love. And what is there to LOVE about cancer? Cancer also taught me to appreciate every moment in life, to be humble, thankful, and grateful. It also reminded me to fight not just for myself but for all those fighting, have fought, and for those that lost their fight to this evil disease.




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