A breast cancer diagnosis can happen for a variety of reasons. It could be because of genetics. In some cases, it could be due to environmental causes, and sometimes, we don’t have the answers for why it has happened. Each October survivors around the globe, flood our timelines and cities with pink and come forward with their experiences while battling Cancer or Surviving it.
Unless you’ve been personally affected by breast cancer, though, does the significance of this month really register? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Normal health reports is a luxury that many of us take for granted — but we shouldn’t. We all should pay attention to stories like Colandra’s.
We’re honored to featured Colandra McDowell- Mother. Sister. Daughter. Goofy. Friend. Believer. Singer. Alton’s Daughter. ‘One out of eight’.
These are all words that describe, the beautiful Colandra McDowell.
Born January 25, 1982, Colandra grew up with a desire to be a singer and teacher. She had visions of living the American Dream – get married, have 2 or 3 kids and travel the world singing. Coming from a musical family, Colandra has been singing since she was four years old and always wanted to share her gift with the world. Her love for music and great dialogue led her to obtain a degree from North Carolina State University, majoring in communication and minoring in music. She has written songs, recorded albums, completed covers, sold out concerts and led congregations into worship.
In August 2018, Colandra’s life changed. She became ‘one out of eight’. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and Colandra was diagnosed with Triple Positive Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer.
This result was not a part of the visions Colandra had for her life. However, knowing that adversity is a part of living she decided to look to lessons she learned from her father, Alton, to help her now. Thanks to him, Colandra understands the importance of resiliency, perseverance and strength all traits her father exemplified daily in-spite of living with Sickle Cell Anemia. Being, Alton’s daughter, Colandra is looking cancer in the face and declaring – I WILL WIN! I WILL OVERCOME!
During this journey, Colandra hopes to learn more about herself, her purpose and life. She wants to learn how to be more of a servant and friend. In six months, 18 months, even three years from now, Colandra sees herself cancer free, an advocate for breast cancer awareness and using her music to inspire and change the world.
And another word will be added to her description SURVIVOR.
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Colandra isn’t in this fight alone. These ladies continue to display hope, perseverance, and beauty as they fight or have fought this disease!