PRINCETON, LA (KSLA) - A Bossier Parish woman is working to unite Northwest Louisiana by honoring and remembering cancer victims — her daughter is one of them.
Bridget Forbes of Princeton, lost her daughter, Shawnee Lewis, to cervical cancer this past February after fighting the disease for six years.
“She was my strength,” Forbes said. “As long as she was strong and as long as she was in a good place, I was in a good place.”
Friday marks Shawnee’s 33 birthday, or what should’ve been.
“We were like best friends,” Forbes said. “If you didn’t see me, you didn’t see her, she was perfect to me."
Standing alone besides her daughter’s grave in a quiet Princeton cemetery, Forbes reflects on her daughter’s bold battle with cervical cancer.
“She told me for the first time [in 2012] that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer that was stage 2," Forbes said. “I blanked out, it didn’t register.”
Lewis battled her cancer for two years at Baylor in Dallas. In 2014, she started going into remission, but only for the time being.
Lewis' cancer returned, this time, to stay. She told her mother doctor’s said her time was limited.
“The cancer came back and it’s stage four,” Forbes said. “She said, ‘Momma, they’re giving me a few months to live.’”
Incredibly, a few months turned into a couple of years, allowing Forbes and Shawnee to celebrate life together for a little while longer.
“We all have a check out time,” Forbes said. “But, we don’t know when that time is going to be.”
Shawnee died this past February.
“She was an outgoing person, she was the kindest person, she was the person that would never say no,” Forbes said.
Forbes is asked Northwest Louisiana to galvanize around her daughter and to remember those who lost their battles to cancer. An honor walk was held on Saturday morning.