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Couple takes steps to cure cancer

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Feb. 2, 2009 was one of the worst days of Julie Novais’ life. That was the day that the Flower Mound wife and mother of three was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Novais, who was always diligent about eating healthy and staying fit, said learning that she had cancer caught her completely off guard, and was devastating for her entire family.
“To hear the words that you have cancer – there is no explanation for how that feels or how it feels to break the news to those you love,” Novais said. “To hear and see the fear and tears on the faces and in the voices of my father, my husband, and my teenage sons is something that I will never forget.  Strong men, all of them, but not so much so when a serious disease like cancer interrupted our lives.”

Fortunately for Novais, her husband John, and her children Devin, Dillon and Tara, her treatment has gone well.

“Four surgeries later, I am cancer-free, but I still need to get tested every six months, and there is always that fear that the tests will reflect that the cancer has returned,” Novais said.

Breast cancer has certainly made Novais proactive when it comes to raising awareness about the disease, as she and John will participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

The 3-Day is a 60-mile walk that runs from Nov. 5-7, and Novais said she and her husband decided to participate for a couple of reasons.

“I feel that it is very important for me to do something positive and proactive to contribute toward the research and fight against breast cancer,” Novais said. “I believe that everything in life happens for a reason. My personal experience with cancer has made me passionately believe in the search for a cure, and I hope that some day there is a cure for this disease that impacts so many.”

Novais said it means a lot to her that her husband will be joining her on the walk as well.

“When I told him about the walk, he agreed immediately to join me for it,” Novais said. “It means the world to me that my partner, who has been so very supportive throughout this ordeal, did not think twice about agreeing to support me in this event.  Sharing the experience with him will make it that much more special to me.”

Of all the reasons that Novais has decided to participate in the walk for the cure, one is very personal.

“I have an 11-year old daughter, and I really do not want her to ever hear the scary words or go through the tests or treatments that I and others with the disease have experienced,” Novais said. “I want to make a difference and to help raise awareness.”

Visit www.the3day.org/goto/julienovais to make a contribution to Novais’s goal to raise $5,000 for the 3-Day for the Cure.

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