First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and then lung cancer in 2008, Fowler had a recurrence of breast cancer again in 2009.
Fowler said she had weekly chemotherapy and went through 68 rounds of radiation, and she kept fighting strong with the support of her family.
“They have been my support, they have stood by me through thick and thin,” Fowler said. “We’re a really close-knit family and my boys and my husband have stood by me every day. I couldn’t have done it without my family, could not have lived through it without my family. That’s what gave me the strength to keep going, knowing that they wanted me to keep going.”
Fowler said her oldest sister passed away in 2006 from lung cancer, her other sister is a breast cancer survivor and her mother is a colon cancer survivor. She has two sons, four grandchildren and another on the way, she said.
“I’ve gone through a lot,” Fowler said. “I have been blessed, very blessed.”
Fowler said when she was tested in June, there was no sign of cancer.
“All I know is I’m still fighting,” Fowler said. “I’ve been through a long journey of cancer, I fought hard, and I’m ahead right now. I just put myself in God’s hands.”
She said prayer and faith have helped her survive her long, tough battle with the disease, and urged others who got the diagnosis to keep fighting.
“The most important thing I can say to anybody with cancer: Don’t give up, don’t think it’s the end, it’s not,” Fowler said. “You don’t know until you walk in someone else’s shoes, you don’t know what it’s like until you get the diagnosis of ‘the big C,’ because it’s been a fight. It’s been a struggle, and I’ve laid on the sofa a lot of days.”
Fowler said her future is in God’s hands.
“Live one day at a time. This is the way I look at it, I’m going down a long, hard road, I feel that I’m going through a tunnel, but there’s a light at the end of that tunnel, and I’m going to get there someday. It’s not me, this is God’s work. He’s just put me in his hands and I’ve turned myself over to him, and I’m letting him take care of me,” Fowler said. “Just don’t give up, pray and let everybody pray with you, and leave it up to him.”
She said it seems like cancer is becoming more prevalent, and many people in the community are struggling.
“That’s all you hear now, is cancer, cancer, cancer,” Fowler said. “We’ve got a lot of sickness in our church, and I’m sure there’s a lot of other churches, too.”
Fowler said she always supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization that funds research, education, screening and treatment for breast cancer.
“I give to Susan everywhere I go,” Fowler said. “If they ask, I always give.”
For more information, or to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit its local website at komenatlanta.org.