Iroquis County, IL - Chemotherapy is a chapter of most cancer patients lives they would very much like to put behind them. Anita Schoolman-Runyon is no doubt among them. After receiving seventeen chemotherapy treatments at Riverside Medical Center in Watseka, she is thrilled to now be completing her final round to treat her breast cancer.
At her final treatment, her family and friends gathered in the waiting room of the medical center with pink balloons, posters, flowers, and breast cancer awareness cupcakes. Getting to see just how much her family supported her was an experience Anita described as amazing.
"It’s made all the difference in the world. They have kept me strong, they have held me up and they have always been there for me." Says Schoolman-Runyon
One major show of support on this final day of treatment came courtesy of her nephew Kane. He, along with his friends, painted a breast cancer support ribbon on the hood of his car. Anita had a chance to ride to her final chemotherapy session in the decked out vehicle. Her nephew says her reaction to seeing it was worth the hours of work.
"When she saw it on Facebook she texted me immediately after she saw it and she had tears of joy from seeing it." Says Kane Runyon.
After enduring a year and a half of surgeries and treatment, Anita says she could have never gotten through the journey without the love and support from her family and friends. As she looks forward to continuing her life without having to deal with treatment, she says she will never forget all that her loved ones have done for her.