Campbell County (WVLT) - If you were told you didn't have much longer to live, what would you want to do with the time you had left? A Campbell County woman was faced with that question when her doctor told her she only had months to live.
Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud introduced us all to this lady a year ago when we were addressing the importance of early cancer checks.
Now, she shows us how this woman worked to make one of her dreams come true.
When we first introduced you to Lois Jeffers she told a hopeful survivor story.
"My sister saved my life," Jeffers said.
Thanks to her sister urging her to do a self breast exam, Jeffers was well into remission from stage four breast cancer when we met her in 2006. However, 14 months later she has a different story to tell.
"They told me everything looked good, then they did a blood test and it came back bad," Jeffers said.
After living six months cancer free, it reappeared in her liver. She went through chemotherapy, but in January doctors had bad news.
"They told me I had 6 to 9 months to live," Jeffers said.
The words, you're dying, were devastating.
"I lost it , my family lost it," Jeffers said.
But only made her more determined to live.
"I'm not accepting that," Jeffers said.
She immediately starting planning her "must do list." First up, a trip to Hawaii.
"We went to Maui because that is where I wanted to go," Jeffers said.
She had been once before, but this time watched the sun rise and set through new eyes.
"We had the penthouse and enjoyed just watching the whales," Jeffers said.
She was perfectly content with the relaxation that surrounded her, but for her twin sister, Linda, who couldn't make the trip, relaxation wasn't enough.
If these were really her sisters final moments, she knew the perfect surprise that what would make her smile last forever?
"I just love them. Him and Beth, oh my God," Jeffers said.
"Them" is the bail bonds team from "Dog the Bounty Hunter," who shoots on location in Honolulu.
"I just love them. I don't know why," Jeffers said.
Some may not understand why he's such a hero in her eyes, but anyone that knows her is well aware that meeting the team would be her ultimate dream come true. So, after months of secrets:
"They said open your eyes," Jeffers said.
She did open her eyes, to see Dog the Bounty Hunter, along with several other people from his TV show.
"All I could do was cry," Jeffers said. "It was like a dream, you know."
Even though she wasn't there when the meeting happened, Linda, the twin sister who made all this possible, says she felt her happiness.
"The day she met him, I really felt the excitement," Edmonds said. "It's something I can always hold in my heart and say I made her happy. To see that smile on her face, was just, oh I can't explain the feeling."
A dream come true, no doubt, but don't you dare call it her dying wish.
"I got things to do. I ain't got time to croak," Jeffers said.
Her daughter, Heather, is graduating high school on the 26th.
"I can't wait to see her walk down the isle with her gold sash," Jeffers said.
And her son is getting married in June.
"My future daughter in law said, I don't care how sick you are, you're doing my flowers," Jeffers said.
To Lois, the best years of life are yet to come and honestly, she says she couldn't feel any better.
Maybe it's her humor that keeps her going.
Or maybe it's the fact that she hasn't stopped smiling since March.
"It's the best thing that could have ever happened to me and ever since then I've been on cloud nine!" Jeffers said.
Either way, if you look at Lois' life on a doctor's watch, those cherished moments left are ticking away. But hey, who's counting? Certainly not Lois Jeffers
"I'm going to beat it, but if it's my time to go, God is the only one that is going to tell me it's time to go," Jeffers said.
And when that day does come, she'll have lived one bountiful life.
Leaving this earth a happy, fulfilled woman, with one important message she hopes remains.
"Get a mammogram early. Don't get in the position I'm in," Jeffers said.
Lois and her family also got a tour of AE Studios and unlimited access to the gift shop.
Doctors say Lois now has about one to four months to live.
She has entered hospice, but says she is feeling great.
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