“You can feel healthy and look healthy on the outside, but you may not be healthy on the inside,” she said.
This is the message the 43-year-old married mother of three is spreading to church groups and individuals, from a very personal perspective, about the disease, treatment and support she said has helped her in her cancer journey.
Now after almost a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments following her surgery after being diagnosed with advanced stage triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma in September 2013, Polite said she is anxious to return to her doctor for a follow-up exam in October.
“If the mammogram and other exams come back clear, than I can officially move from someone with her cancer in remission to someone who is officially declared a cancer survivor,” she said.
However, despite this life-altering upcoming event, especially since last September, Polite continues to speak to others on the need for regular checkups and early detection.
She said she recently was informed she is one of 25 metro Atlanta breast cancer patients selected as part of the Faces of Breast Cancer for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Polite also credits the Cancer Treatment Centers in Newnan for providing the important support which, she said, gave her the confidence and courage to continue her cancer battle.
She recalled feeling good that fateful day last September when she visited her obstetrics and gynecology doctor for her annual checkup.
After her mammogram came back abnormal, her doctor sent her to another physician who performed an ultrasound.
“Even before I had a biopsy, that physician called me into the office and said she was 95 percent sure I had cancer,” Polite said.
It was then that she began to rely on her support system, especially that from the centers.
Polite said her husband, Benjamin, is the rock she has depended on through her journey.
“I hope I can provide that same support to others who may be on a tough journey,” she said.