Handling the challenge of dealing with breast cancer is a huge undertaking for a woman, but with family support it becomes a little more bearable.
When Liz Beard was diagnosed last September, she knew she had a hard road ahead of her. On Nov. 1, she had a bilateral mastectomy at Baptist Hospital, and suffered from a staff infection three weeks later, once again requiring a stay in the hospital.
“I’ve always felt God lets things happen for a reason. I’ve been positive, haven’t cried and kept my faith,” said Liz.
The entire Beard family decided to rally behind Liz and support her in this monumental battle.
One thing they decided to do early in her treatment was, if the time came when she lost her hair, they would also cut theirs.
Daughter-in-law Maranda, who is married to David Beard, said, “I love my mother-in-law, and I thought this is something I can do to support her so she wouldn’t feel alone.”
Liz’s husband owns Images Salon, and is a hairdresser there. He, along with Maranda, David and their 7-year-old son, Kayden, all shaved their heads recently. Maranda had quite a lot of hair, and hers was donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that accepts hair to make hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children in the United States.
When asked about how she was adjusting to the change, she said, “It’s cold! I definitely notice the difference, and our 5-month-old son Baylor seems to look at us with a puzzled look on his face.”
To show her support for her daughter, Liz’s mother Marsha Pratt, shaved her head too, as well as Maranda’s stepfather Herman Workman.
She is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments, which started Dec. 22. Treatments continue every three weeks until she completes six treatments. Plans for reconstruction surgery are planned for the future.
“It’s very touching they would do this to support me, and it does makes me feel better,” said Liz. “It did bother me at first to lose my hair, but I decided I would just have to deal with it.”
Liz is employed as a medical assistant at Dr. Jimmie Woodlee’s office, and also holds employment at Bath and Body Works. While undergoing treatments, she is unable to work because she is more prone to infection.
“So many people have made it through this process. I’m a strong-willed woman, and I’m going to stay positive,” said Liz. “I’ve got a lot to live for, and I’m not going to let it get me down.”