ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Karen Braxton has been hailed as a survivor, leader, fighter, teacher, and hero. As a teacher at Cape Fear Middle School, however she says she is none of those things.
“I don’t think of myself like that at all,” she says, “I just did what I had to do and I love teaching so I just came to work and did what I like to do.”
Last year Braxton was pregnant with her first child when she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. While she was expecting she went through chemotherapy and suffered the loss of her sister. Only after the birth of her son was she able to complete her treatment and go through radiation therapy. Through it all she kept working as a teacher.
She also discovered she was surrounded by an army of help.
“I was in shock at first and my staff just lifted me up. It was kinda like I didn’t have to think about anything. I needed days, you know, so I could be out for chemotherapy and different things. There were so many days given to me that the board had to tell them to stop giving me days. My staff is awesome here at Cape Fear.”
Her students also became a source of support and love by being “their best version of themselves”
Through it all she says there was a good reason to live and a valuable lesson she learned.
“I have a healthy baby boy, my husband, my staff, my friends. I have a community of warriors, basically, and they just lifted me up. And they never stopped and they still don’t stop asking me when they can help me. I have amazing people in my life, that was the best part of it. People are always talking about people are not good. I don’t believe that. I don’t feel that way. People are good.”
As winner of the WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week Braxton received a $200 gift for all her hard work!
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