Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of stories on area cancer survivors as the date nears for the 2013 Relay For Life at James B. Abraham Stadium in Lonoke. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26. It concludes at 6 a.m. Saturday, April 27.

We are James and Lucille Nix. We are both cancer survivors.

I (James) was diagnosed with prostate cancer on April 24, 2000, and had surgery to remove the cancer on June 6, 2000. I had no indications of problems until approximately two months before I had a biopsy. There IT was. I remember telling the surgeon to do a good job and get it all — I had a trip to make in a month to go to Germany to see the Passion Play. In July we were able to make the trip. I have now been cancer free for 12-plus years. June 4 will be number 13!

For several months we had noticed a red spot appearing on Lucille’s nose. It would be evident about three to four days – we decided to visit a dermatologist. The dermatologist performed MOHS micrographic surgery. The cancer was basal cell carcinoma. On Oct. 28, 2010, the surgeon removed a third of Lucille’s nose. After two weeks, the reconstruction took place and was completed in six weeks.

We feel by the grace of God and support of family and friends we have been able to face our problems. Life is Good, God is Great!