Brenda McKnight, a two-time cancer survivor, takes a break on a park bench while setting up for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Friday. “Being a cancer survivor has given me strength,” she said. (Ashley Trujillo photo)

Brenda McKnight, a two-time cancer survivor, takes a break on a park bench while setting up for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Friday. “Being a cancer survivor has given me strength,” she said. (Ashley Trujillo photo)

By ASHLEY TRUJILLO
Daily Press Staff Writer

There a lot of people who will never in their lifetimes have to wait in the fluorescent white light of a specialist’s office and feel their heart stop when they hear a cancer diagnosis. Brenda McKnight has been given such a diagnosis twice.

In 1992, at the age of 38, McKnight began feeling discomfort in her abdominal area. Initially, doctors could find nothing wrong with her. Unwilling to let the pain go untreated, McKnight persisted. When she decided to see a specialist in Lubbock, he recommended a colonoscopy.

Through the testing, the specialist was able to diagnose her with colon cancer.

“It was such a shock to me,” she said. “My mother is still alive and she didn’t have any recollection of anyone else having any kind of cancer in my family.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.