LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Thirteen tumors, two rounds of radiation and one round of chemotherapy is just a short list of things that an East Texas woman has survived in the last 5 years.
"Knowing that I could do this, and that I didn't have a choice because the world wasn't going to stop because I had cancer," Cancer Survivor, Chasity Gauthier said.
Since 2008 Gauthier has been battling with one of the toughest fights of her life, cancer. She noticed a tumor had grown on her neck and doubled in size over night. That's when she took action.
"It was the Monday we came back from Christmas break," Gauthier said. "I just remember getting the phone call that I needed to come back in later that week, and that it was cancer. I kind of knew what was in store, I knew there would be treatments. I didn't know how long or what kind."
Gauthier has been through countless surgeries. Three of them removing cancerous tumors.
"Two different rounds of radiation and one round of chemo over the period of years I've had other tumors removed. Probably up to thirteen to fourteen," Gauthier said.
After giving birth to her baby girl Anna Page, she knew she had to stay strong through this emotional and stressful time of her life.
"It was emotional," Gauthier said. "We drove back and forth to Houston every day because I was already a patient at MD Anderson and the tumor had been monitored. Knowing that I had to get through that, treatment, and be strong for her, because she's my world."
Whenever she felt week she turned to God and her support system.
"I wouldn't be where I am today without them and without God and prayer," Gauthier said. "I have tons of prayer warriors."
Although the battle has been long and at times tiring, Gauthier said she could never give up on herself.
"I still had to live, I wanted to see what was next in life," Gauthier said. "So I knew getting over this hurtle, doing the treatments, and doing what the doctor said would put me on the other side of cancer."
Gauthier now helps motivate others living with cancer to not give up. She's been cancer free for five years.