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Jenn's Journey: Main anchor shares acceptance of breast cancer diagnosis

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 4:24pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:27pm

" I just pray, I pray so hard everyday."

This month --- we found it important to tell you about a difficult battle for our main anchor and friend Jennifer Kielman. We've told you about her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer over the last few weeks.

Now --- Jennifer opens up about what many say is the most difficult part of the process: acceptance.

At 32 --- she is one of the youngest women in east texas now battling breast cancer.

"I'm still struggling with the acceptance of it," she says.

Like many patients; Jennifer turned to God for strength as she managed the news.

" I just pray, I pray so hard everyday."

Cancer has turned around every plan jenn's made for the future; including those to have children.

Dealing with the disease publicly; Jenn says, can be the most difficult. For many cancer survivors --- it's how family and friends react that can make the news easier to take.

As Jenn continues treatment over the next year, the questions still linger.

"I still do the why me's ... but I'm also ready to move forward."

Jenn says she's determined to smile through each treatment and into recovery, "I don't know what my future holds."

But says she knows God will guide her the entire way.

Jenn allowed our cameras to take us through chemotherapy. See her explain how the side effects are changing her life here.

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May God continue to give you strength. I admire your courage. We are sisters both in faith and through breast cancer. I am in week 4 of 16 weeks of chemo. We can do this with God's help.

Teddy P.

Relay For Life of Harrison County is praying for you. We are there for you.

Thanks for sharing your story Jenn. I lost my Mother to breast cancer & at 53 was diagnosed with stage 1 very aggressive breast cancer. I'm thankful now to be a 5 yr survivor. I turned the "why me" into "why not me", I'm going to show the world I can fight, keep a positive attitude & know that my faith in God would get me through the battle. Praying for you & remember, when you walk through a storm (cancer) keep your head up high, you'll never walk alone!!

God Bless, Mary Johnson

Thanks for sharing your story Jenn. I lost my Mother to breast cancer & at 53 was diagnosed with stage 1 very aggressive breast cancer. I'm thankful now to be a 5 yr survivor. I turned the "why me" into "why not me", I'm going to show the world I can fight, keep a positive attitude & know that my faith in God would get me through the battle. Praying for you & remember, when you walk through a storm (cancer) keep your head up high, you'll never walk alone!!

God Bless, Mary Johnson

Jenn:
It took a lot of courage to tell your story publicly. I am on a journey with my best friend who was already in stage 4 of breast cancer when she was diagnosed. You are right no one knows how it is, all I can do is encourage her, laugh with her and hold her when she crys; She is very active, teaches piano and is in good spirits and I know that helps. I have added you to my prayer list and I know you will get through this.
Sincerely
E Day

Jennifer,

There are lots of people praying for and pulling for you!

Ps. 20

Dean Waskowiak

Jenn - I don't normally do this but I felt I should share this with you, especially after hearing your segment this morning on the news. The whole chapter of Psalm 34 is so comforting to the Christian, but there are some special verses that have meant a lot to me and I want to share them with you. Psalm 34:1-4, 17-19. The Lord hears our cries, and He is so mindful of where we are and what we are going through.

Becky Stewart

Oh amazing woman, thank you for your courage to show us all what it is about. I think through your openness I really do "get it". Your story here first brings me to tears and then makes my heart soar in seeing someone still rising above the terror of it all. Thank you!
None of us know what the future will bring but you gives us a model of strength and grace for the unknown.
You remain my hero and my best teacher.
Blessings on us all,
Patti Kuchinsky

My mother had stage 4, ovarian cancer 35 years ago. The doctors said she only had weeks to live. Everyone around her were positive (laughed a lot) and prayed a lot. And she had radiation treatment. She's 80 years old now and living. Jennifer my prayers are with you. Hold strong, laugh, and live.
May God Bless you, your family, and all the Doctors that are caring for you.

B Munn

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