DENISON,TX -- A woman is still recovering after having surgery to remove a rare tumor.
"I just take it one day at a time. That's all I can do is take it one day at a time," said Vivian Peters.
It's been eight months since more than twenty surgeons at Baylor Medical Center performed a 12-hour surgery to remove the 13-pound tumor that had grown from Vivian Peter's liver all the way up to her heart.
"It was so close to my heart, and a little bit more you know I wouldn't made it another month," said Peters.
Peters' mother, Lorene Fields, says Vivian still faces struggles, but she's a strong woman.
"She's going to make it, because she's been down a long road."
Since the surgery, Peters has been going through chemo treatments. Her mother says they've gotten through it together, by leaning on their faith.
"God is good, and He's good all the time. All you've got to do is keep that faith up and He'll make a way for you," said Fields.
Through it all, Vivian says she's stayed focused on her goals. She was studying business administration at Grayson College before her surgery and dreams of someday opening her own resale business.
When Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen heard that Vivian's drive to return to school was driving her recovery, he wanted to help.
"We see the need to really build that bridge between the college and the community, so we can get students through their journey," said McMillen.
The college is helping Vivian find agencies that can help assist her financially, since she is also paying hefty medical bills. Now Vivian is relying on faith once again, trusting that she'll find a way to achieve her dream.
"You know for me to go through this, He's got something bigger and better for me on down the road, and I can't wait to see what it is."