'I just knew I was going to be OK' Woman marks nearly 3 decades of survival


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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Marica Robison poses for a photo on the patio of her apartment in Brownstown Friday. Robison is a 28-year breast cancer survivor.


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Marica Robison poses for a photo on the patio of her apartment in Brownstown Friday. Robison is a 28-year breast cancer survivor.


Marcia Robison of Brownstown has no problem telling people her age as well as talking about her 28 years as a breast cancer survivor.

“It’s just a gift with God’s blessing that I’m here,” the 79-year-old said. “I would have missed so much. I’m really thankful.”

Among the things she would have missed are the seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, her sons, Kevin and Brad, have given her.

When Robison was 51, she discovered a lump on her breast.

“I rolled over against my husband’s back in bed and felt a lump,” she said. “I didn’t think that much about it, but my doctor, Charlie Wolter, sent me to Dr. (Ian) Templeton.”

That visit led to Robison being diagnosed with infiltrating duct carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer.

Robison said it took some pretty good technicians just to find the lump because it was so small.

“How in the world they ever found that is just amazing,” she said.

Although the news was bad, Templeton told Robison after a lot of testing that the type of breast cancer she had was treatable.

“He (Templeton) said, ‘It’s hormonal. We’ve got it made. If you have to have breast cancer, you have the best kind,’” Robison said.

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