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One woman battling cancer with a smile
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Changing the face of cancer one day at a time, that's the mission of Francis Yeo and if these Mardi Gras decorations are any indication she's not your typical patient.
She's a strong lady that is full of spunk and how couldn't she be? She's now going through her 6th round of cancer.
"I have had breast cancer four times, so that's twice in each breast, I've had ovarian cancer, and this one was a softball sized tumor wrapped around my colon" said Frances Yeo, Cancer Patient.
Luckily, doctors were able to successfully remove the tumor from her colon. Before starting her chemo treatments, Frances likes to raise the spirits of other cancer patients by parading down the halls of the hospital with a theme, this time it's Mardi Gras.
Once word spread of Frances' latest theme, Pensacola Mardi Gras Incorporated answered the call, in top form and full of beads. For most people who know Frances, it's not her ability to overcome numerous cancers that stand out most; instead it's her infectious positive attitude that is most inspiring.
"Frances has been an inspiration from the very first second I met her which goes back about 6 years ago" said Tristessa Osburne, friend.
"If it can just help one person not be so scared because it used to be whenever you say the word cancer, people just automatically thought of death" said Yeo.
Frances' next chemo treatment is in December, and she is already planning her next theme.
"Next month it'll be a Jamaican theme because I've got dreadlocks" said Yeo.
Frances isn't getting too far ahead of herself, she knows how lucky she is and that is why she's battling her fight with cancer one day at a time.
"We need to enjoy every day that we have, every day is a gift, that's why we call it the present" said Yeo.