Viral video captures moment woman beats cancer and has surprise wedding proposal – WECT

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Back in September of 2023, Wilmington native Angelica May received a phone call she never thought was coming.

“She was like do you want to come in or do you want me to tell you over the phone?”

A doctor from Novant Health NHRMC called to give her the news.

“So, I said you can just tell me over the phone there’s no way it’s cancer,” May continued.

After finding a lump in her breast in July, May was diagnosed with an aggressive type of stage 2 breast cancer two months later.

“I still wasn’t processing the fact that I have breast cancer. My life is literally about to change,” she said.

She called her long-time boyfriend, Imeek Watkins, to tell him the news.

“The whole car ride home I was just like we’re gonna get through the process,” Watkins said.

The pair has been together for over 10 years, attending NHCS and Laney High School.

May soon started an intense chemotherapy treatment, with Watkins by her side. She couldn’t help but break down when she described it.

“Chemo is hard. You’re sick all the time. You’re tired, and you can’t do what you used to do so it’s just…it’s a lot and I cry every time I talk about it because no one understands what it does to your body,” she said.

But, she had Watkins every step of the way. After 16 intense rounds of chemo, May finally rang the bell, marking her victory over breast cancer.

From bell ringing to ring wearing

Watkins had another surprise in store for that day.

“I came up with the idea of probably like a month out and I just knew with her being down and all that she went through her ringing the bell would be a great moment,” Watkins said.

May called it the best day of her life.

“My mind was strictly on ringing that bell and getting out of that hospital. I had no clue he was gonna propose,” May said.

The proposal has now been viewed more than 1 million times on TikTok.

May says she hopes those who watch the video are inspired to overcome their own battles just as she has overcome hers.

“I’m thankful for going through it because now God is just blessing us every day. So, I’m really grateful.”

The pair are ready for the next chapter of life, which now includes a wedding.

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