SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Caddo Parish Commissioner Joyce Bowman opens up about her recent cancer diagnosis. Last week she found a lump in her neck-it was cancer. The Commissioner told KSLA News 12 Anchor Domonique Benn after she went to the doctor, they checked other areas throughout her body and found the cancer was in her liver, a lung, and lymph nodes. On Tuesday, Bowman said she received more bad news. The cancer had moved to her lower spine and her pelvic area. She said doctors told her it is very aggressive, but she says she will fight it aggressively.
Most recently she went on air with a message to gang bangers in her community, "Get the hell out of our community" she said in an interview. She has that same message for cancer. She said, she wants to tell cancer, "To get the hell out of her body, there is no place for you there."
Thursday, Bowman will learn how doctors will take action. They may choose to use chemo, radiation, or both. Bowman said, "You can survive this if you find it in time, that's where the hope comes in."
Since her announcement, she has been surrounded by family and friends. Her two sons haven't left her side. They said prayer is what has kept the family positive and going.
Her oldest son, Jerry said, "She's been the rock all the while and now I will need to be the rock and so the prayers I need them just as much as she does." Youngest son, Jerald added, "To know people care and show their support, it gives us faith and courage and know that this is not in vain."
Commissioner Bowman said she could use all of the prayers. She said the phone calls, visits, and cards have brightened her day. Here's the address if you would like to send a note or card to Commissioner Joyce Bowman.
Commissioner Joyce Bowman
3623 Milton Street