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“The left breast was removed, and 11 of the 22 lymph nodes taken out were cancerous,” she said from her home in Swansboro. She opted not to have reconstruction surgery. “At my age, I’m not interested in any man!”
After a long round of chemotherapy, radiation was the next step. She said her first day at Onslow Radiation Oncology was a little rocky because she had been up late the night before in the emergency department with a family member.
“I just got real upset that first day. My arthritis was hurting and I had to lie down. I’m sure everyone there thought I was a real witch. Because I was!” Mrs. Norris said, laughing. “But I went back on Monday and everything went smooth.” Mrs. Norris finished her radiation treatments on June 13, about a month before turning 78. But she still shows up at Onslow Radiation Oncology from time to time to bring the staff cakes, cobblers and other home-baked goodies. “I enjoy baking. I’m old-fashioned that way.”
The little acts of kindness are a small payback, she said. “Everyone at Onslow Radiation Oncology is very caring and very understanding. I’ve never been treated better.” Having a good attitude has a lot to do with getting better, she said. “And the good Lord has taken care of me. I’m thankful to be as healthy for as long as I have.”
Her advice to anyone battling cancer is simple. “There’s no sense in worrying yourself about it. Whatever will be will be. Best thing you can do is do something about it.”