Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

Grace Moxey-Simms

12/30/2016 2:45:38 PM
In September of 2014 while taking a shower, I was examining my breast – as I do most months – I felt a small lump. I thought to myself ‘hmmm, is this a lump I’m feeling?’ Should I wait until October to get a mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month when it’s less costly?  I made the appointment, had the test done. I later received a call saying I needed to do an ultrasound. A week later I received another call to say this time the doctor wanted to personally re-do my ultrasound. I said ok Lord, let Your will be done.

It was on November 20, 2014 that my doctor called and said, "Grace I have your results and you have grade A breast cancer in the left breast, please call a specialist in this field and make an appointment". I made that call the same night. I never asked God why me, instead I asked why not me. What made me think I was better off or different from any other?


The following week, I saw Dr. Wesley Francis who outlined my condition and possible treatments. He also discussed what he thought were the best options for me, as the lump was small at Stage 1. I listened attentively, taking it all in. I was given the all clear to travel to my Aunt Eunice Fenty’s funeral in New York, who had passed away the day before I received my devastating news. I told Dr. Francis I would be ready for surgery on December 10, 2014.

You see, it was my bold and brave decision to have a double mastectomy. I knew the high risk of cancer that is prevalent in my family’s history. I had already watched my sister Florrie Knowles struggle and die from breast cancer at the age of 38.

My surgery was successful and the recovery went well. I was scheduled to undergo four rounds of chemotherapy treatments.  However, after trying on three occasions, I was unable to do so due to my low blood count. I was subsequently placed on medications.


On Sunday April 3, 2016, I started experiencing severe breathing problems and was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital. The prognosis was that I had fluid in and around my lungs. The fluid was surgically removed that night. This began a six-week stay in hospital. I had three different teams of doctors, all of which told my family that if I did not get the right treatment I would not live. One doctor told my family to “get everything in order,” as I only had three days to live and even if I received chemotherapy it’s a fifty/fifty chance.”

My family made the decision for me to undergo chemotherapy, but made sure my priests were called and my wishes were known. I was given the ‘last rite’ and left in God’s hands.

This part of my story still makes me cry when I think of the love, prayers and support that I received and might I add, am still receiving from my devoted family and friends. You see, my family never left my side even while I was in hospital, they slept there and kept around-the-clock watch over me. I am forever grateful.

My journey is not over, but by the Grace of God, I will continue on. God is not finished with me yet.  He told me, “people are still asking for and looking for miracles; Grace, you are my miracle; share your story as you are a living testimony”.


Yes, I have walked through the valley of the shadow of death and have feared no evil for I know that God is with me. Praise His Holy Name.


My advice to anyone who is going through this situation, is to put your trust and faith in God and to surround yourself with praying and loving family and friends. God will do the rest, if you let Him.

My name is Grace Moxey-Simms - 2 years breast cancer survivor and a living miracle!

I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.  The Lord has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death.  Psalm 118 vs 17-18,
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