PLANO, TEXAS — The wake-up call did not come with the cancer diagnosis. Or the double mastectomy.
Or news that cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.
For Noelle LeVeaux, it came 10 days before the first round of chemo. The dishwasher overflowed. Water seeped under the wood laminate floor. She loaded her two young daughters into the family car and left for the nail salon. They would escape reality for a while.
She drove her GMC Acadia down the road, through a red stoplight and into a Chevy Escalade. As airbags deployed and her SUV spun, she thought of how the stoplights seemed out of sequence. She looked at her daughters in the back seat.
In that moment, she realized how much she wanted to live.