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90“If anyone would have ever told me that we were going to go through this, I would have been like, ‘Oh, we can’t go through that,’” Jessica Smith, a Watkinsville resident said on learning her husband, Brandon, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2021. 

At the time of the diagnosis, the Smith family lived in Florida but decided to come back to Oconee County. 

“All of our friends and family and our roots were here,” she said. “So we knew that while we were going through something like that, we needed to get back here to get through it.”

Smith said it was a one-in-a-million chance that her husband would get cancer because he had no family history of cancer. 

At first, Brandon was shell-shocked about the news. 

“When he was first told that he had cancer …[and that] he was going to have to start radiation and chemo, he told the doctor, ‘I can’t do that. I have to work. I have to make a living for my family,’” Smith said. 

God gave them peace about the situation. 

“I wouldn’t be able to make it through a single day going through this if I didn’t put all of my faith and all of my trust in God,” Smith said. “I think I’ve learned more about God than I’ve learned about myself.”

For more on this story, see the Jan. 20 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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