Cheri Harris
Lesbia Blakeley, a breast cancer survivor, poses for a photo in Quincy. The Gadsden Health Department clerk has been in remission for about 11 years.
Bittersweet victory

Lesbia Blakely was prepared to do what so many military wives do — wait at home, taking care of her children while her husband was deployed overseas.
About two months before her husband was scheduled to leave, she noticed a lump in her breast that concerned her. But by the time a biopsy revealed she had stage 3 cancer, he had already been sent to Iraq.