But early detection and prompt treatment greatly increase the curability and survival rate of the patient. Just like this touching and inspiring story we found for you.
A healthy and asymptomatic mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a shock to her and her family as she had no symptoms or whatsoever. But being the brave woman she is, she faced the disease head on.
Her husband was with her along the way and was inspired by how she faced every step of the treatment. So to honor her, he did something very special on her final chemotherapy session. Be touched and inspired.
10. Last Session
Alissa Bousquet was finishing her last chemotherapy session so her husband Brad instinctively wanted to do something special to celebrate. Just like her typical chemotherapy sessions, she sat patiently and waited for her treatment to end. But what she didn’t know was that a surprise entered the hospital room from around the corner. It started as a small, touching gesture from her husband but turned ended up into a feat that brought many patients to tears.
This inspiring story came about for one simple reason, Brad and Alissa Bousquet live in a small town. The problem with living in a small town is that, more often than not, everyone knows your business. Although when you’re in need of support and a helping hand, there’s nowhere else you would rather be.
9. The Big C
The Bousquet family discovered that great strength can sometimes come from even the smallest of communities. Surely, when Brad reached out to their tiny town of Oakland, Nebraska for help, several of its 1,244 residents were happy to contribute.
After all, the family of six had lived happily for years in the town of Oakland. But back in December 2015 their world suddenly turned upside down when homemaker Alissa received a devastating news.
8. Shocking Discovery
It happened when Alissa turned 40 as she went for a routine mammogram. Unfortunately, it was then that she discovered that she had stage one breast cancer. The diagnosis was even more shocking as Alissa had no family history of the disease and was showing no visible symptoms. In fact, Alissa was lucky that it was detected at all.
Sadly, around one in eight American women develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. But early diagnosis can have a huge impact on the prognosis. So, although the news was heartbreaking, the family remained positive and drew some comfort that it had been discovered early.
7. The Best Support
Statistics show that American women have a greater chance of dying from breast cancer than any other kind of the disease, with the exception of lung cancer. But the good news is that breast cancer death rates have been on the decline over the last 25 years. This is due in part to early detection, improved screening procedures, and greater awareness.
In the months after Alissa’s diagnosis, her family, and friends gathered around her. In fact, Brad posted on Facebook, “It’s time to kick some cancer’s ass. You’ve got this, Alissa!” And over the next six months, Alissa made regular visits to Omaha’s Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center for treatment.
6. Special Treatment
To start, Alissa underwent two lumpectomies to remove the cancerous breast tumor. Then following a four-week recovery period, she had to undergo six rounds of chemotherapy treatment. The final session was scheduled for June 23, 2016.
Brad was blown away by his wife’s bravery throughout her often exhausting treatment. “She has amazed me with her strength, courage and positive attitude,” he wrote on Facebook. “I wanted to do something special… to show her the tremendous love and support she has.”
So it was, he slowly planned to mark the occasion. But what started as a simple text conversation between a few friends and family members ended in a massive gesture that moved even strangers to tears. “I secretly sent a text to several of Alissa’s friends and family,” Brad explained on Facebook. “I asked them to help me surprise her by showering her in roses.”
First, Brad contacted a local florist. But a single celebratory bouquet wasn’t what he had in mind. No, his plan was to allow people to buy a single rose for a donation of $10. Then, not only would Alissa receive the roses, but a cancer charity would benefit from the profits raised, too.
4. Hundreds Of Roses
Unaware, Alissa randomly chatted to her husband during her final treatment, then she received an overwhelming surprise. What happened? Well, in first walked her two teenage daughters with four of her best friends, but they didn’t just present her with a couple of bouquets. Alissa received hundreds of colorful roses.
As it turned out, the florist had been simply overwhelmed with orders. In fact, as word of Brad’s plan had started to spread, the local business found itself flooded with orders. Sales quickly hit the hundredth mark, and then, passed 300. After 500 roses had been ordered, Brad told the bombarded flower shop that it could stop taking orders.
3. For Charity
And so, in total, 170 families bought 500 roses in Alissa’s name. Furthermore, the community managed to raise more than $4,500 for Susan G. Komen cancer research. As for a stunned Alissa, she repeatedly exclaimed “holy moly” as box upon box of gorgeous roses was placed before her.
But what does anyone do with 500 roses? Well, Brad and Alissa decided to share the joy with the other cancer patients undergoing chemo that day. Naturally, then, they decided to share the flowers with the other patients.
Along with the beautiful flowers, the patients received a special note from the Bousquet family. It read, “My family would like to give you the gift of roses. I hope that they add joy to your day.” And the letter went on to explain what the community had just achieved.
The note continued, “I know too well what families face when they have a loved one touched by cancer. If there is one thing I have learned from this journey it is that the support of friends and family is priceless.”
1. Hope And Inspiration
Lastly, “Please consider these roses a bit of support from our family to yours.” Brad later said that one of his favorite moments from that day was seeing the tears of joy that came from surprised patients as they accepted his special delivery.
Alissa’s fight is not completely over yet, as she faces more surgery. But as the Bousquets continue to “kick cancer’s butt with a great attitude,” they hope that she will be cancer-free before the end of the year.
This moving and inspiring story shows the good side of humanity. Who would have thought that complete strangers would be willing to lend a hand to someone they do not know.
But this simple gesture showed how unity could break barriers and even accomplish great feats. Not only was Alissa’s last treatment day memorable, the flower shop received a ton of orders, other patients were also showed love and a charity benefitted from the donations. At the end of the day, it was a win-win situation.