"I was diagnosed on my 40th birthday with breast cancer," Huestis said.
The turn of events would lead Huestis through two years of difficulty. She dealt with a staph infection, lost a considerable amount of weight, her job, and insurance.
"I was very sick through the whole thing."
After countless hours of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Huestis is now able to live life and say she's free of cancer.
"Cancer doesn't feel great," adds Huestis. "Knowing that it's gone is a really good feeling."
Her story embodies the title of cancer survivor. It can be seen through a pink ribbon car sticker, wall decoration, or necklace. Most recently, she can add the title of honorary bat girl for the Texas Rangers baseball team.
Major League Baseball held a national contest looking for honorary bat members to represent the 30 teams within the league. A few of Huestis' co-workers nominated her as a Texas Rangers fan nominee.
"She almost started crying when I told her we were nominating her," Co-worker Susan Steele Herman said.
Herman and her daughter and partner asked Huestis to write a story of her cancer journey to submit. Entires were voted through a poll on the MLB website. Huestis first received an e-mail indicating she was a finalist. Last week, she received a phone call in the middle of work that brought great, and shocking news.
"I was helping out a client when they called," explains Huestis. "I get pretty excited so I was happy."
"We were all cheering and crying when we heard the news," Herman said.
Huestis is planning to bring her husband, son, and sister to the baseball game this Friday, May 1 against the Detroit Tigers. She says she doesn't know why her story stood out, but she's glad she can help minister and help other cancer victims with her story.
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