One Victoria woman is ringing the bell of victory. Terry Rivera of Victoria has encountered and smashed another obstacle in her life. 10 years ago Terry was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. Despite being a single mom, working 2 jobs, going to school, and doing radiation treatments, she beat her illness.

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10 years later Terry found herself face-to-face with another cancer diagnosis, this time it was stage 3 breast cancer. August of 2021 Terry remembers feeling a nickel-sized lump in her breast and by the time she got surgery in December it had blown up to the size of an orange.

While she was still recovering from her surgery in December 2021, she had to go under the knife again less than a month later to remove more cancer that had not previously been cut out.

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She went through five rounds of chemotherapy until the day came and she got to ring the bell! Terry is done with chemo however, she still has a ways to go, with radiation treatments being next.

"The cancer is still in my body no matter what, anything can trigger it but the radiation is taking precautions"

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Friends and family have put together a benefit to help cover all the life-saving medical expenses accumulated and will continue to build up as she fights for her health.

"I am taking all the precautions necessary to keep myself alive," Terry expressed.

The benefit will be held at the KC Hall in Victoria on August 27th. The Salty Dog Cookers will have delicious brisket, sausage, and delicious potato salad from Dennis Partida from R&C BBQ.

Come enjoy live bands, cakewalks, and much more as Terry, friends, and family raise money and help Terry continue her fight. If you would like to make a donation you can call or text Terry Rivera at (361)237-7269, or you can make a monetary donation via Cash App $trescalante .

Prevention and precaution are vital things in Terry's life and she had some advice for those who do not keep up with preventative measures. "Don't wait, If you feel something don't wait!"

She also mentions reaching out to your insurance and checking if they cover preventative maintenance because mammograms will fall under that category and you could be fully covered.

Terry thanks all her family, loved ones, friends, and supporters who have continued standing by her sad during these scary times, "I appreciate you, I love you," she expressed.

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