Debbie Gouge, a Choral Director from Tennessee, admits that she couldn't have waged a war against breast cancer without the support of those around her. Still, one group of people who rallied for her to beat the disease shocked her to the core - her students.
The courageous woman was first diagnosed with the disease in May 2008, according to TriCities.com
. However, she wanted to wait until after graduation to let the school community know.
"I said 'I don't want to tell anyone until graduation. It's not about me. It's about them,'" she told the news outlet.
After enduring a tough summer that included many surgeries, Gouge was back at school for the fall semester. However, what happened at one event surprised her.
"I came in Homecoming morning and all these pink shirts with ribbons start coming down the hall. Everybody on the faculty had one on," she told the news source. Thanks to the support of those around her, Gouge is now proud to boast that she is cancer-free.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.