Waxahachie resident Mattie Borders has always proven she has what it takes to meet life head-on as demonstrated by the fact she’s one year shy of being a centenarian and she’s battled several foes – not the least of which was two bouts with cancer.
Borders will be one of the honorees in attendance at this year’s Dinah Weable Foundation Luncheon for Breast Cancer Survivors scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.
In 1981, Borders was diagnosed with colon cancer and, in 2009, underwent treatment for breast cancer. But she has taken it all in stride.
“I am very blessed – and I have had no problems during the times I’ve had cancer,” she said. “The only thing was that I lost my hair during chemotherapy treatments and I’m thankful that it came back.”
During the latter round with cancer, Borders said she felt a knot and went to see Dr. Brett Thacker who announced the news to her before referring her to a specialist in Dallas.
“It really didn’t bother me any,” she said. “I just told him, ‘Well, let’s get it over with.’ ”
Borders is philosophical when it comes to fighting battles in life.
“I just don’t let anything bother me – I just keep on living and I don’t give up,” she said. “I just keep on trying to help people and go to church.”
When she took chemotherapy for breast cancer, she drove herself to north Dallas to take treatments.
She noted that she has been invited to speak to various groups concerning
her bouts with cancer.
“There’s a lady that lives in Ennis, but she works at Citizens (National) Bank (of Texas),” Borders said. “She also had the same kind of cancer that I had and every morning when she drives by my house on her way to work, she always honks her horn.”
Asked if she experienced fear when the news was broken to her about cancer, her answer was an emphatic “no.”
“I’m not afraid of dying – it’s just one of those things that happens to us,” she said. “And after being diagnosed, I just continued to get in my car and go wherever I needed to go and just continued to take care of my business.”
And as for advice she would give to others facing the possibility of hearing the grim news about cancer, she had a ready answer.
“I would tell them to keep active – just live each day. You know, I can always find something to do, even if it’s to just go down the street and fuss with my neighbor,” she said with a chuckle.
For her past time, Borders loves working crossword puzzles and other word puzzle games and she loves to collect various items.
“I used to collect bears – at one time I had over 300 of them,” she said. “I ended up giving them away down here at Souls Harbor. I also like to collect salt and pepper shakers and I’ve given a lot of those away too.”
Borders had two sisters, one who passed away from cancer at a younger age and another who passed away when she was 98 years old.
Borders fully expects to break 100, but asked if she has her sights set on 110, she said, with a laugh, “Oh no, I’m going to give it up before then I’m sure.”
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