BALTIMORE - A woman’s victory celebration after learning that she is finally cancer free is touching hearts across the world.
Lakesha Ball of Columbia, Maryland, had been battling breast cancer for nearly two years. She was first diagnosed in May 2017 and underwent surgery to remove the cancerous lump. After being cancer free, the disease returned — two more times.
After Ball’s most recent round of treatments at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, she finally got the news this month that was cancer free. Last week, she cheerfully rang the bell that signaled her triumph over the disease.
"I stepped in front of the bell and I said, 'Thank you Lord' and everybody started screaming and when I grabbed that string on the bell. I wasn't trying to take those people's bell out of the wall. Yes, I was,” Ball told WBFF-TV. "But I could not stop, all that pain, that agony. Everything I've been through, I released on that bell when I rang it. When I walked out of that clinic that day, I am free, that's all I can say. I am free."
Ball’s daughter, Mrhaiyah Mitchell, recorded the victorious moment and posted in on Twitter, which has garnered almost 3 million views.
“When my mom rung that bell, I felt a different type of happy. I could not stop smiling and crying,” Mitchell told FOX 4. “I’m so happy my mother is able to share her story so everyone else who is fighting cancer can understand to always have faith and never feel like you’re alone when you have God.”
Ball plans on becoming a breast cancer advocate to help other women struggling with the illness.