Thu, Oct 12, 2023 at 04:32 PM
Marshall County is home to many stories, but none as inspiring as that of Mary Meeks. As the world turns its attention in October to Breast Cancer Awareness, we want to share the remarkable journey of Mary Meeks, a breast cancer survivor, loving grandmother, and a true believer in the power of faith.
Although Mary now calls Langston her home, her roots run deep in the heart of Alabama. Born and raised in Sardis and having spent most of her life in Albertville, Mary's journey is a testament to her unwavering strength and resilience.
Mary serves as the Regional Administrator for Albertville Nursing Home and Barfield Healthcare, juggling a demanding career with the joys of being a mother and stepmother to three grown children, and the delightful grandmother of three grandchildren, aged 4, 3, and 2. In her free time, she loves nothing more than life on the lake and spending precious moments with her grandchildren.
Mary's battle with breast cancer began in November of 2013 when she received a diagnosis of stage 1 grade 3 triple negative breast cancer.
"When I walked into Dr. Storey's office, I looked over to the table next to me and I saw my favorite poem, 'Footprints in the Sand,' and a sense of calmness came over me. I didn't cry. I felt peace."
Mary's treatment journey was hard, including four rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiation treatments. Mary had an incredible support system that provided her with strength and motivation.
"I had awesome family support,” Mary said. “My husband was always by my side through the whole thing. My work family was completely supportive and awesome. I only missed 4 days of work through the whole thing.”
Her journey was undoubtedly tough, but she received support not only from her family and work team but also her medical team. She could not believe the resounding support she received from the staff at the Marshall Cancer Care Center, which played a pivotal role in her fight against breast cancer.
"Everyone at the cancer center is absolutely amazing. They were so good to me."
As Mary went through her cancer journey, the word "believe" has held a special place in her life.
“I have a necklace and bracelet that both say the word ‘believe,’ she said. “My car tag proudly displays ‘believe’”.
This mantra has carried her through some of her darkest days. Mary's resilience is a testament to the power of belief.
"I had a shirt I wore going through chemo that said, 'I believe my God is bigger than cancer,’” Mary said.
“If I could share any words of wisdom to anyone battling breast cancer, I would tell them Believe. Believe you can do it. Believe you are strong enough. Believe in God. Believe you are going to be healed."
She recounts all of the places she could have received cancer treatments, but never hesitated in seeking treatment at the Marshall Cancer Care Center.
Mary Meeks' journey through breast cancer is a testament to the power of faith, resilience, and an unwavering spirit. She has faced one of life's toughest challenges with grace and strength, emerging as a symbol of hope and inspiration for others battling breast cancer. As the world comes together to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mary's story serves as a shining example of how belief can conquer adversity, leaving a trail of footprints in the sand, guiding others toward brighter days.