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Surprise for cancer survivor

Shorma James is a survivor; no question about it

Over a course of 13 years, the 50-year-old has been diagnosed with breast cancer four times. But it has not stopped the jovial free spirit from living life to the fullest.

Four-time cancer patient Shorma James.

Four-time cancer patient Shorma James.

As James continues to battle the disease, Barbados TODAY, the Savannah Hotel and Hastings Flower Mart thought it fitting to gift the cancer survivor with a three-day all-inclusive staycation and a bouquet of pink roses.

She was pleasantly surprised when she received the gift from general manager of Savannah Hotel, Tricia Greaves. 

Tricia Greaves, general manager of the Savannah Hotel, presents inspirational cancer survivor Shorma James with a voucher for a staycation at the Savannah Hotel.

Tricia Greaves, general manager of the Savannah Hotel, presents inspirational cancer survivor Shorma James with a voucher for a staycation at the Savannah Hotel.

James told Barbados TODAY that despite what her doctor had said, she was determined to live another 20 years. Her faith in God has been her motivation.

“It’s not a normal faith, because the Bible clearly states that each of us has a measure of faith. For me, I think that once your eyes are open, once there is life and once there is hope you have a chance,” she said.

As a member of the Victorious Ladies, a cancer support group headed by the Barbados Cancer Support Services, James is becoming an advocate for cancer patients.

“When I was diagnosed in 2003 and I had to go to the hospital, there was no one there to hold my hand, read a book, take me to the hospital. . . . That’s why I seek to become a patient advocate, so I could go to the hospital, I can go by your home, if it’s even reading a story or reading a passage from a book, to lend encouragement,” she said.

Rabiah Butcher, marketing executive at Barbados TODAY; Barbados TODAY accounts executive Tamesha Doughty; cancer survivor Shorma James; and Tricia Greaves, general manager of Savannah Hotel.

Rabiah Butcher, marketing executive at Barbados TODAY; Barbados TODAY accounts executive Tamesha Doughty; cancer survivor Shorma James; and Tricia Greaves, general manager of Savannah Hotel.

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