I Was Not Built To Break! By guest blogger Tameka J.

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At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with osteosarchoma (bone cancer). At that time I underwent a total knee replacement and 1 year of chemotherapy. Since then I had 2 knee surgeries and had been in remission for almost 20 years. This past May, something just wasn’t right. I felt a large lump on my breast and it was sore. Because of my previous cancer history any little thing and I’m at the doctor. I guess that’s a good thing because when the did the mammogram they saw that there was a large mass on my left breast. Same breast that I had two cyst in previously. Because I was about to have surgery to remove fibroids that same month the doctors just took the opportunity to do a breast biopsy.

At the age of 31, I was diagnosed with DCIS, and my 2nd battle with cancer. I was devastated! When I received my diagnosis, I remember just saying “no, not again”. I cried and I prayed, I even questioned God by asking him why. Why did I have to go through this AGAIN? Initially they thought that it was not invasive but after further test they saw that 2 inches of it was. Because of my cancer history I made the decision to have a double mastectomy done even though I was tested for the gene and did not have it, nor was there any family history.


Three weeks after my diagnosis, I had a bilateral mastectomy (June 10, 2013) and in July of 2013, I started chemo. Making the decision to have the mastectomy was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make and one of the hardest producers I have ever had to go through. I had to have chemo twice a month for 4 months. It was the longest 4 months of my life! Losing my hair all over again, losing my taste, and having to be stuck in my chest to receive the chemotherapy brought back old memories and made me depressed. Some days I felt like I didn’t want to do it anymore but I knew I had to, not for me, but for my little girl! In May of this year, I completed my reconstruction process.

The devil thought he had me, he thought he won but my God’s word says different. God did it before and I knew he would do it again. Going through chemo and having a bilateral mastectomy was hard. Some days I felt like I could not do it anymore BUT GOD…God sent me strength in the form of my praying family and friends. They were/are my rocks! Where I am weak God showed me he was strong. I continued to have faith and sometimes it was as small as a mustard seed but God’s word says that is all we need. I trusted him to get me through and knew that no matter how bad or how weak I felt he was holding my right hand and covering me with his grace. I know that no matter what I have gone through, I was NOT built to break!!


13 responses to “I Was Not Built To Break! By guest blogger Tameka J.”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful testimony! Love the pic of you and your little girl. God bless!

  2. Lisha (your fav cuzzo. says:

    Meka, this story has touched touched my heart in so many ways. It made me think back to when we were kids and the Fab4 (well 3 of the fab4) did everything to make you laugh every day during that trying time. Then to have you go through it again was really had. BUT, you have proved that despite the challenges you have faced, you are STRONG and a true fighter!!! You are my inspiration! Keep pushing on for that beautiful daughter of yours as well as continue to trust in God! I love you Mek!

    • Tameka Johnson says:

      Yes Lee I remember! I remember that you stayed the night in the hospital with me. I will never forget those moments! I love you cuzo! #fab4

  3. Tee says:

    Tameka, you are an inspiration to all women. God is so good and I’m so thankful, grateful for your testimony! May god continue to use you to inspire and heal the spirits of other women! Love you boo!!!! Tee

  4. nell says:

    Yessssss!!!! 2 God be the glory!!! Powerful testimony. So proud of you & thankful to God!!!

  5. Darian says:

    You are a very strong woman Meka. Every single time I hear this story I am filled with tears of joy. Tears of inspiration. Tears of Encouragement. Tears of Gratitude. You have a purpose and God definitely is showing you that in many many ways. Your story will bless thousands of people. It has surely blessed me. To God be the Glory! I am so glad he kept you! I love you so much and I thank you for being that beautiful you that you are intended to be. You are definitely not built to break.

  6. Patricia Tummer says:

    You are an amazing young woman. I am touched by your story but not at all surprised at your strength and courage. I pray that God will give you double for your trouble and that you will enjoy every Blessing that He has stored up for you!

  7. Sarah Kimbrough says:

    Meka, you are so right “you’re not built to break”. Your strength, faith and testimony are truly inspiring for me. You are the only bible/God that some will see and seeing you will let them know that our God is real and able. I’m so thankful for you and love you. May God continue to bless you and use you to encourage, inspire and grow his kingdom!!!

  8. Terel says:

    What a touching testimony. You went through a very challenging time (not once but TWICE yet your faith was never shaken. You trusted and believed in our Lord and throughout it all, you gave THANKS. Thank you for sharing your courageous story; thank you for being such a bright light in your time of darkness; thank you for helping others to know that at our weakest moment, there is someone holding our right hand. Your hair does not define your beauty. With or without hair, you are simply gorgeous. I love you my sister and I pray that you will always keep that positive energy. May the Lord continue to bless you and your baby girl.

  9. Praise God! No one. …. But God! I am so happy for you and your deliverance. You are blessed!

  10. Tameka Johnson says:

    Thank you everyone! I love you all and appreciate your support! #butGod #restoration #allthingsareworkingtogether

  11. Rosslyn Rowe says:

    We serve an AWESOME God!!!!!!!
    Continue to TRUST Him!!!!!!!

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