LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - July 7,2015 is a day that will also be remembered as the day Lacy Martin hit the homestretch in her fight against cancer.
This year will mark 18 months since she was given the news that could have possibly changed the rest of her life.
"I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015," Martin said. "I was going in for a check up and the doctor told me that's what she suspected that I had and that we needed to take further action."
The news of the cancer was hard to deal with. At the time of the appointment, Lacy's husband Blake was out of town on a work trip.
"He is my security blanket," Martin said. "It was really scary not to have anyone there with me. not to have anyone to tell me it was going to be okay."
Lacy did not have long to take in the news, after her appointment she would have to return to her home and be both mom and dad to her daughters until her husband returned home.
"I knew chemo was coming, I knew radiation was coming, and surgery," Martin said. "I had gone through all that. I explained to my husband the hardest part of this is going to tell our daughters. "I had to keep them first and foremost. Obviously my health was important, but I had to focus on how I was going to keep this normal for them."
Martin struggled for a while with how to tell the two young girls.
"I kept thinking, 'How do I do this?,'" Martin said. "I finally just cracked a joke about mommy doesn't have any hair and this crazy medicine that does this to me. I had the kids right in the front. I would rest in the day when they were not here and then when i would get them we would roll the windows down and we would just crank up whatever made us happy. I didn't let them see a lot of it."
Martin would have surgery in Houston and then return to East Texas for chemotherapy and radiation. Fighting the disease was both physical and emotional.
"I know people who have been through cancer and have suffered more," Martin said. "I just tried to stay positive. A person's attitude can really take a toll on the outcome."
During her battle, Martin was trying to get through beauty school. That is where the emotional side of things kicked in."
"I was so weird," Martin said. "It was less hair and more makeup. I didn't know how people were going to portray me. A hair stylist without hair, how does that work?"
Martin said for a while she wore wigs but would change her view later on.
"I did attempt to wear wigs," Martin said. "I was quick to let it go. I wore wigs temporarily to keep it normal for my children and also for myself. I'm not going to lie. It was hard. It was a tough pill to swallow. There are more important things in life to worry about. My hair started to grow back when they cut back on my chemo and I took them off and never looked back."
Through all of her battle, Martin has found a way to help others. Martin is a chairperson on the Pineywoods Cattle Barron's Gala committee and is in charge of decorating the event.
" I was asked before I was diagnosed," Martin said. "I was helping with the decorating committee. One of the first meetings that we did, I was diagnosed. I showed up and the presentation was about people with cancer and it reassured me that I was in the right spot and time in my life. It was a really good feeling that, 'Hey when I get past this, I am going to be able to be able to make a difference."
Martin has slowed down her work life and is focused on making sure her daughters have a good life and learn what it means to help others. She is also focused on work with the American Cancer Society and making sure others can learn how to fight their own battle. Martin said the most important thing for women to do is make sure they get physicals that doctors recommend.