Jefferson embodies fighting spirit in cancer battle

Josetta Jefferson with her daughter, Renea Posley, when she rang the bell for her final treatment for breast cancer.
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After a breast cancer diagnosis, many people stop, take a breath and then begin treatment. Josetta Jefferson has had the diagnosis of breast cancer for a third time, but she is still hard at work volunteering and doing what she can for others. She has been fighting the good fight for 40 years and she has no intention of giving up any time soon. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Jefferson was happy to do her part to raise awareness.

She was told she had breast cancer the first time in 1979. She thought after chemo and radiation the cancer had finally been beaten. It returned in 2011 and more treatment left her cancer free, until June 5, 2019. Her breast cancer had returned.

"I've been asked what makes me keep on fighting," Jefferson said. "I know I am still here because God isn't through with me yet. He has more work for me to do."

Jefferson is a volunteer at the Project Homestead Food Pantry in West Point, she works with AARP at the Farmer's Market every summer, Jefferson is an active member at Living Manna Church, she is a Bright Horizon's Partner, reading to children and of course she is part of Relay For Life.

"We want everyone to come and see the pink car that will be at the Mossy Oak Pavilion, Saturday Oct. 12. It is part of Relay For Life," Jefferson said. "Then I will be going with it to its next destinations. It's pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

Jefferson recently received her last breast cancer treatment and rang the bell in triumph Aug. 28, at Baptist Cancer Center. Her daughter Renea Posley was there to support her mother during that last treatment.

"When I was receiving my treatments, I would talk to the other people and offer them support and encouragement," Jefferson said. "I want everyone, in spite of what is going on in their lives, to have hope. We can never give up."

She would tell the other patients undergoing treatment to keep their hand in God's, keep their faith. Stay away from negativity, no one needs negative people in their lives regardless of the circumstances.

"I've seen my granddaughters finish college and go back to get more education," Jefferson said. "I have a grandson who is 11. I plan on seeing him graduate from college, as well."

Imogene Edmunds drove Jefferson to her cancer treatment every day for five weeks, and continues to drive her to doctor visits.

"That's the sort of support you have to have to make it through this," Jefferson said. "You need your friends and your family. I don't think anyone could make it through this alone."

Jefferson said go to your doctor and get checked for breast cancer, the earlier it's found the better chance you have to beat it and keep on living.