“You are not Your Scars.” – Malisa Morris
Malisa Morris was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is helping and motivating others. She is the founder of “Embracing our scars”
“I was diagnosed in August 2015 during a routine mammogram.”
“I was diagnosed with DCIS in my left breast. I opted to have a double mastectomy after a second MRI revealed that there was another spot. They wanted to send me from another biopsy but I opted out and told them I wanted both breasts removed. This journey was hard. I was the first one in my family to be diagnosed, so I was shocked, but thank God for my family, friends, and church family.
On October 19th, 2015 I had the double mastectomy which was successful, but then after a few hours I died in my hospital bed but was revived. To this day the doctors do not know why my heart stopped beating. Having a double mastectomy and dying changed my life forever. After the surgery I didn’t feel beautiful anymore I felt like I was less than a woman, but one day God spoke to me and told me that I was still beautiful and I was to who I was before cancer came and after that, I begin to embrace my scars.
I started an organization called ‘Embracing Our Scars’ which is a non-profit organization that helps other women like myself to embrace their scars and lives their lives on and with purpose. I have had breast reconstruction and nipple reconstruction which I am very satisfied with. This has been a process but I have learned to trust the process and lean on God to get me through and He did just that.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“My motivation was my children but especially my grandchildren. I wanted to see them grow up, get married, graduate high school, college, and have some babies.”
“The biggest hindrance was financed. Not having the money to get some of the necessary things that I needed after this surgery. I developed lymphedema and didn’t have the money to buy the products.”
Message to other cancer patients
“To all my pink sisters out there don’t let your scars define you. You are not your scars. Your scars are only a reminder that you survived what was trying to kill you. Don’t give up, you are a warrior.”