Stage IV cancer patient inspires others through her own battle

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – “Always let your faith be bigger than your fear,” said Stephanie Hamlet. 

She is a beacon of hope who is not letting a cancer diagnosis slow her down. 

At 49 years old, she’s had well beyond her fair share of hardships. Right now, she’s fighting Stage IV cancer of her bones and liver. 

But, this isn’t her first time fighting the disease. 

Her first cancer diagnosis came in 2017. 

Biopsy test results revealed Stage III triple negative breast cancer. That means, she had no hormone receptors, meaning hormone therapy just wasn’t an option. 

So, it was time for what seemed like endless chemotherapy and a mastectomy. 

She said, “It was hard, but I got through it. They had to deal with me differently because of my heart transplant.”

She tells Local 24 News that the chemo drugs were especially tough as her immune system was already weakened due to immuno-suppressive drugs she was taking after receiving a life-saving heart transplant in 2015. 

Once chemo was over, it was time to ring the bell. 

But,  it wasn’t the end. 

She got the call in January of 2018 from her oncologist that turned her world upside down, metastasized cancer that spread to her liver and her bones, with no cure. 

She said, “It just devastated me. I was like, ‘no cure?’ And he explained to me that is was because it’s Stage IV metastatic cancer.”

Stephenie was back on chemo and although it’s a test of faith, she says her spirit is stronger than ever, and for those fighting alongside her she says, “Just know that you have a reason to live. Trust in your doctors. Trust in your faith. My thing is…live! Do not stop living.”

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