Buddy Check 12: One woman's journey Pt. 6

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's been a tough year for Judy Settle of Jackson, Mo. and her family.

She got a breast cancer diagnosis in January. She's also lost her mother and helped her brother through his own battle with cancer.

Six months ago, she agreed to share her journey with Heartland News viewers in hopes her battle could help someone else going through the same thing.

She's now finished with her treatment and celebrating the next chapter in her life.

A dinner at Bella Italia in Cape Girardeau celebrated with two important songs.

One, a rendition of Martina McBride's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," sung by her friend Mary Bauer, honors her journey through breast cancer.

And another, "Happy Birthday," sung by her friends and family, celebrates an important day and the next chapter in her life.

"It's fantastic. I feel wonderful and I'm happy to be done," Just said.

This year Judy has had a mastectomy, eight chemotherapy treatments and 25 rounds of radiation. Now she's ready to face her days without cancer.

"She's the most courageous woman I've ever met in my life and watching her go through this journey and just seeing what an amazing woman she is is just amazing," her friend Mary Bauer said.

While this party is in Judy's honor, she's thankful to her family and friends who have been through all of it with her.

"This party is as much about them if not more because they've been here for me," Judy said. "Without them, there's a lot of things I might not have been able to get through."

"She's done extremely well," her husband Eric Settle said. "We took it one day at a time and everything worked out well," he added.

It's that support and her positive attitude, along with a sense of humor, that have helped her through it all.

She says while no one wants to go through cancer, she's learned something though all of this.

"I discovered I have friends I didn't know I had," Judy said. "I've discovered that some of the relationships that are new ones are very strong and deep."

"Oh I think it's brought us a lot closer together in times of need," her husband added.

"I've just been so blessed having Mrs. Judy in my life. She's like an angel on earth," Bauer said.

Judy hopes she can be that support for someone else going through this difficult journey. She offers this advice.

"Just take a deep breathe. Pray. And don't be afraid to ask. And for most of us women that's a very hard thing to do but ask for help when you need it because people will help," she said.

Judy also reminds of the importance of monthly self breast exams. She says if you find something out of the ordinary, contact your doctor immediately, don't put it off.

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