Local mom diagnosed with cancer

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Those who know Angelique Armstrong know she’s outgoing and friendly, but she recently got some heartbreaking news – she has cancer.

Locals may know Armstrong from her work at Larry’s and Captain D’s.

On Tuesday, she found out she had rectal and colon cancer.

At 41, all she can think of is being here to take care of her children – biological, adopted and anyone else’s.

“I raised three from birth – one adopted and two naturally and I have two step children and a grandchild, and whoever else needs loving,” she said.

Her trouble started on June 10, when she developed what she thought was a stomach virus.

“Afterward, I started having pressure and pain in my bottom area,” she said. “I went to the doctor and they said it was possibly an internal hemorrhoid.”

Armstrong said after trying nearly every over the counter hemorrhoid treatment, she went to the emergency room at Mizell.

“They did a cat scan and a biopsy,” she said.

That’s when she found out her diagnosis.

She’s not sure what stage or what her plan of action is to get better.

“I’m going next Tuesday for tests,” she said. “Then I will find out exactly where it is and what stage.”

Armstrong is facing expensive medical treatments and was without insurance. However, she was approved for Medicaid, she said. Though, she’s not sure what percentages they will pay.

On Thursday, her daughter Latianna Williams, organized a lemonade stand for her mom.

“The lemonade stand was overwhelming with all the blessings we received,” she said. “The police department, the humane society, the fire department – too many to name. It was overwhelming. I’m very outgoing and a people person, but I don’t have very many friends. My family is more important. It is overwhelming that all these people care about me.”