Novella (Polly) Hartung

Gallery of Hope - Novella HartungThe first time I was touched by the issue of cancer was when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, which also spread to her bones. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments caused her much pain, but her smile never faded. My mom’s hope never waned and prayers for a miracle continued. One time, my mom said to a nurse that she gladly accepted this pain if it meant her children would suffer less.

Four years after her death, I was also diagnosed with breast cancer. When I heard the word "cancer," I immediately thought my life would soon be over. But God had other plans for me. I chose to stay strong and positive; to follow my mom’s example. Now, I am a 34-year cancer survivor. The thing that gives me power and strength is my desire to help others. There is always someone that needs you. My message to someone facing cancer is to never give up thinking you are here for a purpose.

To learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference for cancer survivors in our community, please visit the Timken Family Cancer Center's page