Faces of a Warrior: Ida Cash

Stories of Surviving and Thriving

July 16, 2017
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Age: 86 
Profession: Retired High School Guidance Counselor
Type of Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer
Year of Diagnosis: 2007
Number of years as a survivor: 10 yrs.
Relationship to Susan G. Komen: Komen Supporter


As I reflect over the past ten years, the fact that I triumphed over breast cancer has encouraged me to live my life with a new found zest. I try to focus on the positive aspects of life, and have deliberately chosen not to remember all the details of my breast cancer journey. At the time of my diagnosis, I was dealing with the death of my son and leaned on my family and God for reassurance. More importantly, the grief from the loss of my child didn’t allow me to focus on any negativity related to breast cancer. 

Thankful seems inadequate in describing how much I appreciate life. With God’s help I’ve been able to persevere. My family played a key role in my survivorship. I can’t imagine my journey without their continued love and encouragement. We were all grieving at the time, but trusting God brought us through it.  

For me, being victorious in this battle for my life meant that I absolutely would not give up anything.  I stuck to my routine, continued to attend and participate at my church by playing the piano every Sunday. I attended my sorority meetings and affairs. Travelling with my daughter was another part of my routine that I refused to give up. More than anything I continued spending time with my family.  I was determined to stay focused and make any necessary adjustments. 

Faith is the one word that appropriately describes my breast cancer journey. My faith gave me strength and unflinching resolve to fight for my life. I never thought that breast cancer would kill me and I appreciate every moment I’ve been blessed with. I am delighted to declare that I never had a hard time because of my faith in God.

This monumental challenge increased my faith in God and gave me the strength to survive.  I am certain that I couldn’t have possibly beat cancer on my own.

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About the Faces of a Warrior Campaign

In 2015, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®, Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale teamed with 101.5 LITE FM to launch the Faces of a Warrior campaign. 

To mark the 22nd Annual Race for the Cure®, Komen is spotlighting 22 survivors to represent each year the Race has run. These individuals are sharing their stories of strength and resilience -- not just of surviving breast cancer, but thriving in spite of it.

Read the stories of more Warriors here

For more information on the Faces of a Warrior campaign -- and other ways you can get involved in the Race for the Cure® -- please email race@komenmiaftl.org or call 954-909-0454