Meet Linda: Caregiver, Believer, Survivor

Linda Robertson is both a mother and a nurse, so historically her role has been that of a caretaker, tending to the wellness of others at home and at work. However, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had to learn how to accept care from others.

Care Began with a Good ManLinda Robertson

“My husband, who is my heart and soulmate, took on all the responsibilities of my post-surgical care and treatment with such tender and caring hands,” recalls Robertson. He also provided support through vigilant prayer. He undertook the nine days of praying required of The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy Novena. He also sent a request to all their friends and coworkers and asked that they pray for her as well. “Knowing that God was protecting me was what kept me fighting,” says Robertson.

Compassion and Relief from Family and Friends

A network of support is an invaluable asset when going through the journey of cancer, and Linda was blessed with many family and friends who offered her comfort and hope.

“They would come and say, ‘I am sorry that you are having to go through this. I hope you are going to be ok.’” In addition to offering kind words, the Robertson’s family members, neighbors and friends brought food, visited often and continually sent messages of love and support throughout her recovery. Even her boss helped her find diversion by turning her onto online puzzles. “I was totally hooked,” remembers Linda.

And yet sometimes, Linda found herself in the position of reassuring her loved ones, instead of the other way around. One of her most emotional memories was trying to explain to her three-year-old granddaughter why she had to hug her grandmother extra gently for a while. “She’d pat my chest each week and say, ‘I am so sorry Grandma, is it better now?’”

Confidence in the Face of Peril

While cancer is a frightening experience for anyone, Linda was never worried that she’d lose the fight. Not only did she have faith—she also had fortune on her side. Her cancer was detected early during a routine mammogram. It could be removed successfully with surgery. Her prognosis was good. Still, finally being told that her cancer was fully in remission was a great relief. Reflecting on that moment, she recalls thinking, “I am truly blessed.”

Linda’s Advice for Others

Everyone who goes through cancer treatment finds different ways to cope. Linda recommends prayers and a positive attitude. And to those who must care for a loved one with cancer, Linda offers this simple advice: “Be a good listener and just be present with them.”

Mammograms are critical for finding breast cancers in localized and early stages. We hope this story will inspire you to get screened at a facility near you. To schedule a mammogram in your area, see the following: http://dignityhlth.org/mammography