She's spent most of her adult life fighting for her community and now Caddo Commissioner Joyce Bowman is fighting for her life. Bowman was diagnosed with Lung cancer in July. In an exclusive interview, Domonique Benn joined Commissioner Bowman on one of her chemo treatments.
Although the cancer is responding to the chemo, Commissioner Bowman says she has a long way to go. Bowman was dealt a devastating blow over the summer. Tests confirmed she has advanced Lung cancer. In the beginning, Bowman says doctors had only given her weeks to live. She's been open and honest from the very beginning, revealing her diagnosis and the possible outcome from doctors.
Bowman says she wants to know what her doctor thinks and what he projects, but she remains optimistic and says in the end she makes her own projections. She started chemo therapy in early August at the Feist Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport. She spent three days, every other week getting chemotherapy treatments. Those ended a couple of weeks ago. She will now go through radiation as a preventative measure to make sure the cancer does not spread to her brain.
Commissioner Bowman is speaking out because she wants people to know about the process. She says it is not easy and many days she is physically drained and emotionally whipped.
It's a life changing diagnosis that has not only affected Commissioner Bowman, but her family too. They've been by her side for every treatment.
The Commissioner is still working and fighting for the people who live in her district. She attends as many committee and commission meetings as she can. It's a promise she made when she was first diagnosed and a promise she has kept.
Commissioner Bowman has received more than 1,000 cards. She says she appreciates the prayers. They continue to add hope throughout her treatment.