This is the third of four stories that will publish in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month detailing the stories of breast cancer survivors.
ANDERSON — Anderson resident Martha Hardin is a private person but was persuaded by her youngest daughter, Chastity Hardin, to share her personal story about her fight with breast cancer.
Chastity submitted the following to The Herald Bulletin:
"My mother’s name is Martha Hardin and she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2010. After a routine mammogram, followed by a biopsy and surgery, my mother and our family were thrust into the fight of beating breast cancer.
"My mother has gone through a range of emotions during these past three years. There have been fear, tears and cheers and I’m happy to say my mother has remained cancer free since her surgery. I am so proud of my mother and the strength and faith she has shown. I love my mother more than words can express and I will continue to be her biggest supporter fighting alongside her. Humbly submitted by, Chastity Hardin, daughter of a breast cancer survivor."
Chastity, however, didn’t tell her mom she had sent the idea for a story to the newspaper.
"My mom is a very private person," said Chastity, "so when I was called about including her story in the newspaper, my first thought was, my mom is going to kill me."
After talking to her mom about sharing her story, Martha agreed, thinking it was important to share the story that might help someone else.
Martha Hardin, 67, retired from Guide Lamp after 30 years and has been married to her husband, Josh, for 43 years. "I have seven kids and 17 grandkids," she said.
Martha said that she was diligent about doing her breast self exams and annual mammograms.