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Essie Lee Johnson-Surviving The Great Depression And Enduring Breast Cancer
Essie Lee Johnson Endures Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Cancer can be a constant illness, such as diabetes or heart disease.
Cancer can also be closely watched and treated, but sometimes it never completely goes away. This is often the case with certain cancer types, such as ovarian cancer, chronic leukemias, and some lymphomas. Sometimes cancers that have spread or have come back in other parts of the body, like metastatic breast or prostate cancer, also become chronic cancers.
Treatment is possible to keep the cancer from spreading.
This Article is about Essie Lee Johnson, a woman that fought against cancer earlier on, proving that women can endure cancer.
One Of The First Things A Cancer Diagnosis Threatens Is Your Mental Well-Being
For many years, doctors focused on treating cancer as effectively as possible, a patient's quality of life often was not considered. That has changed. With more than 11.1 million cancer survivors in the United States today, many researchers are looking to help their patients and survivors maintain a happy life.
Essie Lee Johnson knew the importance of sustaining a happy life. The pursuit of happiness was a lesson learned at an early age.
Essie Lee Johnson was born on January 10, 1923 In Hooks, Texas. She grew up in a time of segregation. She shared, “I sat in the back of the bus and I was subjected to demeaning behavior due to the color of my skin. I hated having to go to school under those conditions, but I knew that education was important.”
Abandoned by her mother at an early age, Essie Lee Johnson went to go live with her father, who instilled the importance of respecting others and working diligently to obtain the finer things in life. Essie's father passed away during the Great Depression in 1939. Essie, was only sixteen and It was hard for a young black woman to find work in those days.
Holding on to her father's teachings,Essie went on to graduate from high school, during this time World War II had begun.
Essie found work in the industrial industry during the war. Her desire for a steady job led her to Beverly Hills, California, where she was hired on as a maid for a wealthy socialite. "I liked my employer." Essie said, "She was a kind white woman who treated me with respect." When Johnson's employer passed away, she left Essie a large sum of money.
Essie purchased a home In the heart of Los Angeles. She shared, “Things were starting to look up for me. Sure I still had some problems in my life, but my faith helped me through it. I was married twice, yet I could never have children." She continued, I’ve had many down moments in my life, but one of the saddest days, is when my doctor diagnosed me with breast cancer. I did not know what to think. My doctor advised me to have my breast removed, and he also suggested that I undergo chemotherapy, but I declined. I felt robbed of all happiness." She confided.
Eventually Essie's cancer went into remission she explained, " I love to eat vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and fresh green beans, I love them all.” Staying active daily and traveling with her church friends, also contributed to Essie happiness.
Essie Lee Johnson passed away on April 24, 2012. She was 89 years old. Leaving her friends and family with this lasting statement, “Breast cancer did not steal my joy. I fought hard to sustain happiness in my life. I would never sacrifice my happiness for any illness, not even cancer.
Recent statistics show that one out of every six people over 65 is a cancer survivor and that 1.4 million of these cancer survivors were diagnosed more than 20 years ago. In 2001, there were 2.2 million breast cancer survivors, 1.6 million prostate cancer survivors, and 1 million colorectal cancer survivors. And the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, thanks in large part to earlier detection, improved treatments, the supportive care of family and friends, and the huge cohort of baby boomers now entering the cancer-prone years.
Many women are concerned that just because a family member struggled with cancer that they may face the same consequences. This is not the case due to modern research women can overcome such illness. Plenty of research has to do with awareness.
Essie Lee Johnson's Survival Guide:
What are the best food choices to prevent breast cancer?
Your diet is an important part of your life. Eating healthy, during, and after your cancer treatment can help restore energy.
Maintain a healthy weight. Essie Johnson splurged a little over the Holidays, however she maintained her goal weight.
Lean meats such as chicken, fish, or turkey(Well Done!)
- Eggs (Well Done)
- Low fat dairy products and dairy substitutes such as milk , yogurt, and cheese
- Nuts and nut butters
- Soy foods
- Whole wheat breads
- Brown rice
- Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Limit Your Sweet Intake.
- Drink Plenty Of Water To Help Cleanse Your Body Naturally.
Cancer Fighting Food Chart
Breast Cancer Patients Offers Health Tips
There Are Many Books Which Provide Information On How To Eat Healthy To Help Prevent Cancer
The Cancer Awareness Poll
Have you ever lost a loved one to cancer?
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