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Coach Leans on Team During Cancer Battle

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"I found the lump myself. I was diagnosed December 17th. I really didn't expect that to be the diagnosis."

But the lump turned out to be breast cancer, which had already spread to the lymph nodes. Paula Sparks was in for a tough battle, including chemotherapy and radiation. But through it all, she found comfort in her students, players and the community.

Paula teaches at Tazewell Middle, and is an assistant coach for the Tazewell High School volleyball team. The Lady Dawgs have known her for years and her diagnosis was devastating. Now, being able to have a healthier Sparks on their sidelines is a huge blessing.

While Sparks is done with chemo, she still isn't in the clear. Her doctor says that they want to wait five years before being confident that she is cancer-free. But her health is improving and she's feeling more like herself again. And getting to hit the court with her team despite all her setbacks means everything to her.

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