Chance is academically defined as a possibility of something happening. Whether chance is the potential for something great or the prospect of failure, it is ambiguous until the end result. According to Norma Lopez chance is what brought her to CBU and it is that chance that may have saved her life.
Norma Lopez is a Kinesiology major graduating at the end of this fall semester. Not only is Norma a successful student, she is a wife, a first responder, and a mother to three children. To say Norma is goal oriented and determined would be an understatement to her character. A woman that can triumphantly juggle four incredible tasks deserves a medal. It is Norma’s aspiration to become an athletic trainer that brought her to CBU. The Athletic Training Graduate program was always in the cards for Norma, but she applied to CBU for her undergrad on a whim. Upon her letter of acceptance she followed her heart to our college.
As many know, before you can start each semester you have to go through the grueling task of financial aid and financial clearance. Along with financial clearance students must also have to show proof of health insurance. As many do, Norma opted for CBU’s student health insurance option, however, it often went unused. Upon repetitive coaxing from Norma’s husband and mother (who is a 3 year breast cancer survivor) she decided to make a doctor’s appointment for a routine checkup and mammogram. A few days later, November 6th to be exact, Norma received a phone call from her nurse practitioner stating that further tests where needed regarding the results from Norma’s mammogram. Norma was frightened and in disbelief over the series of tests that went on the next month. As I mentioned before, Norma’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, along with other family history related to breast cancer. All Norma could think was, “How are my kids going to get through this?”
Instead of being consumed with fear, Norma was encouraged by her professor, Laurie Hauck to pray. Norma looked for the reason in this devastating situation by turning to God. When her life was turned upside down and nothing seemed to be certain any more, spirituality offered peace. Through faith, Norma was sustained in this tribulation. It is through this life changing experience that Norma has strengthened her relationship with God, family, and friends.
A future that was crystal clear soon became foggy–but the Lord brought healing. Norma fortunately caught the cancer in a very early stage and was able to have it removed through surgery. By the miracle of God, Norma was able to power through 6 final exams and have a lumpectomy all in the same week. Truly a miracle.
Now looking towards the future Norma has began applying to the Athletic Training graduate program here at CBU. Norma’s future has changed though; through this horrific ordeal Norma’s purpose in life has been redefined. Before Norma’s diagnose she never gave a second thought about working with breast cancer patients. Now with a little push from God into this direction, Norma hopes to work with breast cancer patients and athletes to improve their strength, prevent further injury, and get back to their sport participation or physical activity level as soon as possible. Norma of course will continue to be a devoted, loving wife and mother to her family.
Chance, the possibility of something happening. Reality, something is ALWAYS happening. I do not think it was luck, or according to Norma “accidental” she came to CBU. God has a bigger plan for Norma; He knew how incredibly strong and resilient she is. With the appropriate tools of an unmoving faith and supportive professors, Norma can share her testimony with others and continue to impact others through her success. Norma is more than living proof that chance is not always mere coincidence, she is a Survivor.
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