Kathy Hudson of Mystic is the 2014 Relay For Life of Appanoose County honorary chairperson. As the honorary chairperson, Hudson will kick off the Relay and speak to the participants.
The Relay For Life of Appanoose County is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Paul Johnson Field behind Lakeview Elementary in Centerville.
Hudson, 53, was selected to be the honorary chairperson by RFL teams. Hudson is a breast cancer survivor.
Hudson said at the age of 51 she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer on Oct. 6, 2012. The diagnoses was the result of a routine breast mammogram at Mercy Medical Center that uncovered a lump the size of a BB.
Hudson was referred to a doctor in Des Moines. It was eventually decided to remove the lump and start chemotherapy treatment.
After three rounds of chemo, something was becoming apparent — Hudson was allergic to the treatment. The chemo treatment was sending her to the hospital and causing other problems, like infections.
"So they decided that it was hurting more than it was helping and discontinued the chemo," Hudson said.
So Hudson was told to do six weeks of radiation treatment every day for approximately 30 minutes in Ottumwa at the McCreery Cancer Center.
Radiation treatments ended in April 2013. In April 2014 Hudson was told she was cancer free.
"So many people don't get that, 'All clear,'" Hudson said.
Hudson's next appointment with doctors is April 2015.
Hudson said one of her first thoughts when told she had cancer was of her father who passed away from lung cancer in January 2011.
"So, that was the first thing I thought of was how sick he had been and the things he had been through," Hudson said. "Yeah, that was a rough one."
Hudson said she was shocked and surprised with the cancer diagnoses.