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October 26, 2013

Nave credits family, faith and bowling in cancer battle

Survivor takes each day and appreciates it

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An avid bowler before her cancer and after, Nave has bowled on a weekly league and for a while bowled on two a week. She was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 2002. "I just love bowling," said Nave. "As soon as I was able to get back out there, I began bowling again. I got started by going after work with some friends and really enjoyed it."

At the entrance to her home, there is a sign warning that "this home is protected by angels." Nave has a huge collection of all kinds of angels surrounding her fireplace and around her living room. "I don't remember how I got started collecting them. I would get them for gifts and next thing I knew, I was surrounded by angels."

Nave credits family, faith and bowling as key factors in helping her cope with the her successful battle with breast cancer. She also felt God had prepared her for each step along the way.

Nave's advice for other women is "get your annual mammogram." "The earlier cancer is detected, the higher the rate of survival. We have to be proactive and take care of our own bodies."

"We are not just survivors, we are thrivers," said Nave. "We need to talk to each other about breast cancer, our treatments and experiences."

"Be supportive," said Nave of friends that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. "Let them know you're there for them. If they need to cry, let them know it''s all right. They may not want to talk about it, but there's no harm in asking. Let them know they don't have to go through it alone."

"Life is precious," added Nave. "I've learned to take every day, every second and appreciate it. I dwell on living each day that God gives me to the fullest because it's a gift. It's not really about me. It's about the God that I glorify. I believe I'm here for a reason and that is to help someone else. It's about giving back and living life to the fullest. As long as I have breath in me, that's what I intend to do. I want to encourage others. We need each other and need to be encouragers. It doesn't cost anything but a little bit of time to say hello or to visit someone and let them know that you care."

"It is so amazing how far cancer treatments have come," said Nave. "One day they are going to find a cure. I just know it."

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