UNTOLD FEATURE: The Prune Whisperer
Editors Note: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we share one of our UNTOLD stories of Las Vegas Actress/Singer/Songwriter Rhayne Thomas. New Focus Daily thanks Rhayne for her willingness to share her story to
Editors Note: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we share one of our UNTOLD stories of Las Vegas Actress/Singer/Songwriter Rhayne Thomas. New Focus Daily thanks Rhayne for her willingness to share her story to inspire breast cancer survivors all over the world.
At 4pm on Friday, April 29th, 2011, I received a call from my doctor telling me I had breast cancer. Yes I was shocked. I never smoked, drank or did drugs and it certainly did NOT run in my family. I took good care of myself. WHAT?!? Once I hung up the phone and pulled my thoughts together, I called my husband and a few best friends to tell them what I just heard. They, too, were shocked but I assured them that I was going to be just fine.
Armed with the information I just received from my doctor, I headed out to a wonderful party because I knew I was going to fast track and get that “thing” out of my body.
Monday, May 2nd at 7:00am I was in my doctor’s office looking at that “thing” in my films as well as a laundry list of tests I needed, places I needed to go get them and other doctor’s appointments that my breast surgeon said needed to be done in a timely fashion. She asked when I would like to have my lumpectomy surgery. “ASAP.” She said she could do it on Wednesday, May 4th if I got the laundry list completed. For two long/short days, I went around numbly, getting that list checked off.
Wednesday, May 4th at 7:45am my friend drove me to the hospital so I could get that “thing” out of my body and I wasn’t nervous or afraid because I knew I was going to be just fine. I have always been someone who believes that Faith and Prayer takes care of all things and this was no exception. I was being treated by some of the top doctors in the country so I packed my humor on and after a chorus of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” in the operating room, I was under my doctor’s spell of darkness.
My friends all know me as an Experience Junkie, Fun Queen and The Prune Whisperer and this was a great time to keep up that image! So there I was, in Arizona, staying with a family I’d only known for 6 months, my hubby in Las Vegas (where we live) holding down the fort, and me, starting another unknown journey.
Let me say that in a weird and wacky sort of way, I enjoyed the journey. No, I would NEVER, EVER want to hear that “c” word again but during my time in Arizona, I made many lifetime friends, explored tons of places, ate with anybody I met and became such an inspiration to my medical teams that I ended up on billboards all over Arizona! I am always amazed at the things GOD does for me and the people He places in my life to make sure I continue to walk in my purpose of blessing others and accepting their blessings.
As a volunteer for many causes, including cancer, for over 38 years, I KNOW the power of staying positive, being around positive people and, of course, laughter.
July 15, 2018, will be my 7-year cancer free journey mark and I will be celebrating my doctors, their teams and all of those who supported me with their positive messages, funny jokes and great smiles during my battle.