Cancer as a blessing: Nancy Simmons’ story

Nancy Simmons, pictured in her office, says she wants to give hope to those who are also battling cancer.

Nancy Simmons, pictured in her office, says she wants to give hope to those who are also battling cancer.

Molly Hogan

Herald Staff

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A breast cancer diagnosis to most people is devastating, but for Nancy Simmons, it pointed her in a positive direction.

Nancy, her husband, Ed, and 4-year-old daughter, Stephanie, had just moved to Richmond when she noticed some pain underneath one of her arms when she lifted it.

She went to the doctor and was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at just 34 years old.

“Back in those days, I thought ‘why God, why at 34?'” Simmons said.

She said she soon realized God was doing this for a reason.

“This was the beginning of my close walk with God. When you can’t do one thing about what’s happening and it’s all up to him, you just have to trust,” she said.

This also helped her close relationship with her young daughter, to grow even closer.

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