People, Places & Events

    Cancer Survivor's Tale Offers Hope for Others
By Jeanne Allen Davis
Special to The Monitor

KAUFMAN-"When you have something this catastrophic, you appreciate life." 
Cancer survivor Nancy Bayne sees her battle and victory over cancer as the best and worst life has to offer. 
"I want to encourage those who have cancer not to give up," she said. 
"If you have a strong faith, God will see you through all of this." 
Bayne shared her journey, Cancer Chose, Me, I Chose Life at The Servants Bookstore and Coffee Bar, recently.
A self-breast examination led to a breast cancer diagnosis for Bayne in 1996. 
A bone marrow transplant followed along with long periods of treatment. Bayne than had a modified radical mastectomy, and later cancer was found in her lungs. 
During treatments, Bayne lost the ability to focus, lost her speech, endured extreme bone pain and cramps, lost her fingernails and went into a deep depression.
"I lost all my hair," Bayne said. "It was dehumanizing at times, but I knew it had to be better at the end." 
Bayne said the support of friends and family helped pull her through the bad times.
"All the people we knew sent cards and called," she said. "I got more than 200 cards, and we were on everybody's prayer list at church."
Bayne attributes her survival through the battle with cancer to her faith and guardian angels on Earth like Cheryl Wynne of Kaufman, Lyna Blea of Albuquerque, N.M. and husband Bill.
Wynne invited Bayne to visit for coffee and bible study. Bayne said the weekly and biweekly visits built a wonderful friendship.
"Now she is like a sister to me. When you have people like her in your life, you can't lose," she said.
A survivor support group, Renew, at St. Paul Hospital also created bonds with other survivors. The group started with 40 girls, but only eight remain, she said. 
An artist and watercolorist, Bayne said she sees life colors more vividly than she did before her bouts with cancer, and "life is anything but boring." 
She has been active with Friends of the Kaufman County Library, and First Presbyterian Church. She participates regularly in bible studies, has worked for the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce from 1993-96, and is a pilot. 
She also began a walking program to help regain her strength. 
Further, Bayne and her husband are building a painted lady Victorian home.
"I have a lot to look forward to. My husband has given me a good quality of life. You see different shades, different colors. everything is much more vivid now," she said 
The couple celebrated 42 years of marriage, Feb. 22.
She dreams of writing a book with a sense of humor to help others build hope. " I want the book to be of love, faith, hope and humor," she said.
Her message is simple: "Do self breast examinations." And to cancer patients, "You can do it. Persevere and really get to know yourself and what you are made of at the time."


'Taste of Cedar Creek Lake' Set for March 20
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY-If you've never experienced the annual "Taste of Cedar Creek Lake" or you've just been waiting for this once a year chance to sample so much fine restaurant food in one evening, now's the time to purchase your tickets to this very popular awards banquet and showcase of The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce member restaurants. 
The event will be Monday, March 20, at the Mabank Middle School, with the doors opening at 6:30 pm.
Tickets are still only $10 per person and this 11th annual "Taste" banquet, with a theme of "Mardi Gras-Cedar Creek Lake Style will feature cuisine from 198 Bourbon Street, Janna B's, Wings Over Seven Points, Papacita's, Pinnacle Club, Western Caf‚/Kemp, Bubba Jean's Restaurant/Malakoff, Don's Port Marina, Southern Brunch/Kemp, Pop's Honey Fried Chicken/Gun Barrel City, The Hydrangea House, Whatz-Up Pizza/Seven Points, Chili's, A Special Touch Catering, and Dipsy Doodles Donuts & More/Payne Springs. 
Some of these participants are brand new to Cedar Creek Lake and this is a perfect opportunity to experience a "taste" of their offerings, as well as enjoy some tried and true Cedar Creek Lake favorites. 
In addition to the participating restaurants, approximately 40 businesses and individuals have very generously donated beautiful centerpieces that will be given as door prizes to lucky attendees with winning tickets. 
Community volunteers and teachers will be honored during the awards portion of the evening, including the prestigious Citizen of the Year and Life Time Service award. 
A new honorary group of volunteers will be introduced as the Pacesetters Club and the winners of the Christmas in the Park display will be announced by Friends of Cedar Creek Lake/Tom Finley Park. Chamber branches will be making presentations and the Ambassador of the Year will be announced also. Entertainment will be provided by Dino "Danger" Perelli. 
Jo Ann Hanstrom, president of TGCCLACC, has expressed her appreciation to "Taste of Cedar Creek Lake" Committee Chair Bruce Easley, who along with Barbara Caudell/Lakeridge RV Park, Jean Nichols/Cedar Creek Franklin Bank, Judy Junell /First State Bank Athens/Gun Barrel City Branch, Kathy Kendrick/Lone Star Maps and Linda Fernald/Cedar Creek Pilot and are committed to making "Mardi Gras - Cedar Creek Lake Style" a fun, special night, filled with great food, entertainment and recognition of the many special volunteers of the Cedar Creek Lake Area community.
Advance tickets are on sale at Tri-County Ford, Southside Bank Gun Barrel City and Seven Points, Cedar Creek Franklin Bank Seven Points, Capt'n "B" Florist, First State Bank Athens/Mabank and Gun Barrel City Branches, Kemp Antique Emporium, Franklin Bank Eustace and TGCCLACC. 
Call the chamber office at (903) 887-3152 for additional information