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Military Wife Diagnosed with Cancer, Battles Disease with Sweets

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

More than 15,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year, which is the fifth leading cause of cancer related deaths in women.

However, one military wife decided to beat those odds after she was diagnosed with the disease and treat her ovarian cancer with a teaspoon of sugar.

It came as a blow to Kim Morton. "You go through a lot of thoughts and emotions. What will tomorrow hold? Will I be here tomorrow, will I be here in a week," she says..

Her husband, Major Richard Morton had just served a tour of duty in Iraq.

Her young daughter needed back surgery and her family, which includes three children, relocated to Fort Rucker last summer.

It was a lot to deal with, which is why Kim chose to ignore the lump growing in her stomach. She dismissed it only as her need for exercise, until last November, when a specialist discovered there was a 25-pound mass on her ovaires and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"That was a real wake up call for me as a woman with younger children. I wanted to see them grow up and it's pretty devastating when you find out you have cancer," continues Morton.

Kim was treated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina's, The Fisher House.

Her husband had once again been deployed, when Kim, after baking cakes for a friend's restaurant, decided she wanted to start a business of her own.

She opened up a baked good store, Sugar Mama's, at Fort Rucker's Mall, The Post Exchange.

"I think it was a sign from God to say, 'You know what? Everything is going to be okay. Just live day-by-day and have faith and just move forward'! Don't let something so tragic set you back and pull you back into depression where you don't want to do anything.”

From candy-box cakes with chocolate treats on the inside, wedding cakes and cream cheese and Oreo chocolate dipped "O-Balls", Sugar Mama's caters to those who have a sweet tooth.

She has even made an Apache Helicopter cake; she made it from studying a toy chopper.

Her husband funded the business but didn't see the store until April, when he came back and Sugar Mama's had just opened.

Major Morton said, "I thought I'd seen everything in Iraq. I thought that all the worse events; all the best events would be experienced there. I came 3000 miles back home and I saw the most amazing experience was with my wife."

Now, Kim is giving back to The Fisher House in North Carolina, where her cancer was removed. "I bake a certain cupcake and the proceeds ($1) from that cupcake go to The Fisher House," she says.

And, Kim has a message for women who suffer from cancer: know that things can only get better! All it takes, is a little 'sugar for thought!'

Morton's cancer is now in remission.


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