Breast cancer survivor from Ettrick lives life to the fullest

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The money raised from the annual Komen Race for the Cure 5K goes to services that help those battling breast cancer and who've already won the battle.

Trying to hold back the tears, Raymon Bessix remembers January 3, 2009, the day she found out she had breast cancer.

"At first it was devastating, but I didn't want my husband to know how much it affected me," she said.

During her radiation treatment, Raymon lost her hair.

"I didn't know how people would perceive me. I didn't know if I would still be considered attractive, especially to my husband because that was one of the things he liked," she said. "He told me that you're still here, you're still the same person on the inside."

Support from her husband so strong, he was the one to shave her head. Two months later, her hair started to grow back.

"I can tell that he loves me and he is concerned about what I'm going through and that he doesn't want to see anything happen to me," she said.

One of Raymon's biggest supporters was her supervisor at work. Emmanuel Wright is the man Raymon jokingly calls her work husband.

"He didn't ever feel sorry for me, you know the way people have sympathy and treat you as if you poor thing, no, but he does understand when I don't feel well," she said.

She also found understanding through the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A group she calls her saving grace.

"They have touched my life in a special way, not just through their resources, but through their love, compassion, their caring, their sensitivity," she said.

Raymon plans to be on Brown's Island May 7 to take part in the annual Komen Race For the Cure. And for her, it's all about living life to the fullest.

"I learned not to let the cancer define me," she said.

We hope you'll sign up now to join us for this year's Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure.  On May 7, thousands of people will be running or walking in downtown Richmond to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

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