Hope and healing are often found in the unlikeliest of places. Breast cancer survivor Candy Reid found source of hope in a circle of tubing better known as the hula hoop.
Reid is the founder of Hoops for Healing, a online business that sell hula hoops custom made by Reid and her family.She said that she cannot believe how the business has taken off and that the journey from battling cancer to operating a successful business was as circular as the hoops she now makes from her home in Albany.
"What came from this horrible experience is amazing to me," said Reid. "I've grown a lot, I've changed a lot. God has really been able to show his goodness through so many ways."
She said that before hearing the terrible news that she had breast cancer in December 2007, she was a busy housewife dedicated to home schooling her four children.
"I am really dedicated to my family and they have been so supportive through all this," Reid said.
She said that she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a specific subtype of cancer that is clinically characterized as more aggressive and less responsive to standard cancer treatments.
"I immediately began chemotherapy treatments which ended in May 2008 and then I had a bilateral mastectomy in June 2008," Reid explained. "This was followed by seven weeks of radiation."