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Hi I'm Candace

I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a breast cancer survivor, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 21 years to the most amazing man in the world. He is my love, my strength, and my best friend. I have three fabulous children who are so smart and wonderful. I love my family very much and I will do anything I have to, to be able to live with them for all eternity. I am a SURVIVOR. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. I was 38 years old. My cancer journey included 12 chemotherapy treatments, a mastectomy, 30 radiation treatments and then reconstruction. I had a total of 7 surgeries in 24 months. I never really asked God "Why me?" I knew that getting cancer was something that I agreed to in the pre-existance. I knew that there were things I needed to learn from the experience and that I needed to share that knowledge to help other women during their cancer treatments. Cancer is the hardest thing I have ever done but it has blessed my life in so many ways. If I had the chance to change having cancer I wouldn't. I am a stronger, more positive person now. I learned to see the daily small miracles in my life and to thank God for all that he has given and continues to give me. I have met so many amazing people during my cancer journey. My children have grown and matured in ways I could have never expected. I know without a doubt that my husband loves me and will stand by me no matter what we have to face. This test has strengthened my TESTimony. I have overcome things that I never thought I could. I KNOW that with Gods help nothing is impossible!

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to grow up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have two loving parents who taught me and my 3 sisters to love the Lord and to serve Him. I don't think there was ever a time I doubted the truthfulness of the Gospel. Even when my best friend died when I was 16, I knew that I would see him again someday. I knew that he was serving a mission on the other side, teaching others about Christ and his Gospel. I always knew I wanted to marry in the temple. In 1990 I married the love of my life for all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple. I know that if I live worthily I will be with my family forever. That is the ultimate goal that guides my life. My parents had their call to serve a mission when I found out that I had cancer. I encouraged them to still go and serve the Lord. I know that Christ blessed me during my cancer journey because of their sacrifice and service. I know that God has the power to prevent illness, trials and tragedies in our lives but it is how we choose to face those things that ultimately makes us better and stronger. I know that God is with me every day. He helps and guides me in all that I do. I know that my Savior lives and loves me. I know that he knows me personally and understands what I am going through. He suffered and died for my sins. I know that if I follow the teachings of the Gospel and living prophets today that I can become a Christ-like person and live with him again someday. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It is another testiment of Jesus Christ. I know that if you read & pray about it you can receive your own testimony that it is true.

How I live my faith

I know that Christ lives and I try everyday to live as he would want me to do. I feel strongly that the reason I got cancer was so that I could help ease the burden of other women with the disease. I wrote a 55 page list of tips that helped me through cancer which I share with other women. In 2010 I served as president of a cancer support group for young women with breast cancer. I have spent many hours talking and comforting women with breast cancer. It is my hope that through my example they will have the desire to come closer to Christ. I know that when I am serving others, I am serving Christ. I am currently serving as a primary teacher in my ward. I have three beautiful girls entrusted to my care to teach them about Christ, his life, and how he loves them. I live my faith by trying to be an example to my children and others around me of how Christ would want us to live.