Micha, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with our readers! Tell us a little about yourself and how you first learned of your illness (what were your symptoms). When you were diagnosed?
-No, thank you! It all started in 2013 when I was having issues with my birth control so I was going back and forth to the doctor my annual pap rolled around and during the check that is when the doctor felt something in my right breast. When she told me she was sending me to get my mammogram I didn't think she meant the next day. I went by, not thinking too much about it, but after a few pictures I was told I was going to have to have a biopsy. Still not thinking too much about it but on May 20, 2013 around 1:30pm, while I was on air, the doctor called and told me "Micha, you have stage 2 breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma, and its growing so we need to move fast." I broke down and at that point I really thought life was over. I got off the phone with her and called my pastor. God bless Pastor AD, because I was so hysterical but he did his best to calm me down. I then called my parents other family members and that was hard. I told my boss and he said “go home,” and demanded I take the rest of the week off...I took a day.
I was depressed for one week. My aunt Janice called me on a Saturday night and basically told me to get it together and live! That's exactly what I did.
While you were in treatment you were very active, sharing your process on Midday’s with ML6, via your social media platforms and in personal appearances. You said “I look at my cancer journey as a gift: it made me slow down and realize the important things in life and taught me to not sweat the small stuff.” That is a powerful statement of clarity and acceptance. How were you able to put things into perspective?
- I had an amazing support system. More importantly I discovered how amazing God is! There were many times I was in pain and there wasn't a person who could help me. I had to fall on my face and cry out to God for help. I had to really put complete trust in Him. He blessed me with people who would stop what they were doing to make sure I ate, had company during my treatments, and just prayed for me. People were doing some SERIOUS praying! Like after my surgery, my sister-friend Karlecia adjusted her life to make sure mine was intact! I was blessed to have people like that to support me. There were very few moments I felt completely alone.
You rocked a beautiful smile while in treatment. You literally glowed. We know that faith played an integral part of your journey. Tell us how you were able to persevere and keep the faith:
- It was funny because at the beginning of 2013 I knew my spiritual life was struggling and one of the things I asked God for was to increase my faith in Him and when I say He did that and more! I didn't miss a church service or opportunity to communicate with Him. Whenever those doors were open I was in there. If I could go to work, surely I could attend church. There was one time I knew I should have been in bed, but I went to church, sat in the back, and one of the mothers of the church saw it in my face and rocked and prayed over me. Having the illness really strengthened and grew my relationship with God.
And of course we must talk hair! You were bold and confident after shaving your head during your treatment. It totally suits you and fits your radiant personality. Your photo shoot with Liz Hurley, Bonnie, Joy and Amy really showed your strength and encouraged others to “Fight like a Girl.” Besides stylish hats, you never really covered your head:
- When my hair started falling out my dad and pastor encouraged me to take control of it. My boy Lowe met me at the barbershop and it was a wrap. It was weird but I said no wigs. I'm going to rock this bald head proudly. I was not going to be ashamed of my "go through." It was the easiest hairstyle I've ever had! I never thought I would ever be a natural girl but as my hair started growing back a completely different texture...here I am!
We congratulate you on being an ambassador of awareness for women of all ages, around the world. Please share your most important lesson on breast cancer awareness: Does being cancer free mean life goes back to normal? What lifestyle changes have you had to make, permanently?
-Having cancer challenged me mentally. I had to speak over myself a lot! There were days I really thought I was going to go crazy. Dealing with going public and suffering from self esteem issues was a process. I realized this, I had cancer. Cancer didn't have me! Life after Cancer has its challenges too. One, this year has gone by so fast I haven't really wrapped my head around the fact I really had cancer, a tumor growing in me, went through Chemo, radiation, and 2 surgeries all while working and living life, like none of that was going on. Secondly, I still have no eyebrows! Lol, but I really have to pay attention to my body. The risk of reoccurrence is real. I can't ignore anything. I take a pill everyday. It's a chemo pill basically to help make sure the Cancer stays away and that comes with real side effects. I just have to make sure I eat, and eat right! It really is a struggle at times. The face of Breast cancer is changing. It is no longer your grandmother, aunts, or mother's illness... It's your best friend, your homegirl, your sister...it's attacking women younger and younger and my goal is to bring awareness to that fact!
For the second year, #TeamML6 will be running during the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run on October 18, 2014. Your team ran last year with over 3 participants, raising so much awareness in your community! Congratulations! Tell us why this run is so important to you and Team ML6 and how our readers can contribute to the cause:
-It's awesome! Being a public figure and now survivor, I feel it's important to support this amazing community event. There is so much unity in one place coming together out of love. Color, age, or status isn't an issue it’s all about love and support for an amazing cause! To donate to my team you can click here
Thank you Micha!
Micha Logan also known as ML6, is a native Detroiter who came to Huntsville, AL in 2000 to attend Oakwood College...now Oakwood University. She majored in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism and electronic media. 2 weeks after graduation in 2004, she began working at WEUP as a part time news reporter. After a year of reporting news she was offered the opportunity to work full time as the Midday on air personality for 103.1 WEUP. She gladly accepted. You can ride middays with ML6 Monday thru Friday from 10-2pm and Sundays from 1-4pm. In May of 2013 she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After intense chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation she is now cancer free! Her goal is to encourage young women who are faced with this disease and help them realize you can live through it. "You may have cancer but cancer does not have you!" She loves serving the Tennessee Valley at a station that has served its community for over 50 yrs. ML6 believes a goal without a plan is just a wish...you must plan, take action, and have faith. All things are possible through and with Christ.
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The most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and the second cause of cancer death in women is attributed to breast cancer. According to The American Cancer Society, “A woman living in the United States has a 12.3%, or 1 in 8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.” Research has shown that self-examinations, regular screening tests (mammography, MRI, and clinical breast examination (CBE)), and awareness initiatives allow for early detection and eradication of the illness.