A Trip To Las Vegas Inspires Hope
For Linda Huckobey Goodman, stepping out of her comfort zone was a key factor in her survival. In 2017, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, which didn’t come as a surprise to her. For years, Linda had been undergoing treatments to remove benign tumors and cysts from her breasts. “It was happening so often, I just stopped going. The pain of having them removed was more than the actual cyst or tumor.” Goodman told the Brownwood News.
However, that was a fateful decision. Linda did end up going to a doctor’s appointment when more pain and symptoms began, and then she received the devastating news. “My doctors weren’t enthusiastic about my chances for remission or recovery” Linda said. “I got depressed, and really holed myself up at home. Well, my sister wasn’t having any of that.”
One visitor Linda received regularly was the pastor of her church. “He was by at least once a week, making sure I was ok. He brought me potato soup, which I ate, and I still eat it because it helped me.”
Goodman’s sister said “Let’s do something that you normally would never do. So we decided on a trip to Vegas.” When they returned, Linda had a different attitude. “Linda came to the church and had a picture frame in her hand. As I looked at the photo, I saw 3 shirtless Chippendale’s dancers standing around a woman in an American flag bandanna and eagle t-shirt. It took me a while to realize that was Linda…this was so out of character for her, and yet, it seemed to give her a new perspective on her battle” says the pastor.