If you met Georgia Frazier, the petite and bubbly girl with southern charm, you probably wouldn’t guess all that is behind the endearing smile of Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2009.
The junior communication major had all of her plans laid out. Frazier competed for four years for the Outstanding Teen state title in Oklahoma, and on the fourth try, she won. She went on to compete for the national title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Fla.
After passing on the teen title, Frazier moved on to compete in the Miss America scholarship program. The categories of competition in the Miss America pageant consist of interview, talent, evening gown, onstage questions and swimsuit. Each contestant is required to promote a personal platform and raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network, the national platform of Miss America.
Frazier competed in Miss Oklahoma in 2010 and made Top 15. In 2011, Frazier won a local title and was on her way to Miss Oklahoma, and her sophomore year at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
But she soon faced a greater challenge than winning the crown of Miss America.
“One day I just passed out in a classroom and they took me to the emergency room,” Frazier said. “I had a CAT scan and a full body scan.”
On Aug. 16, 2011, she had her bags packed and was ready to head to college when the phone rang. The nurse who called told Frazier that she had Stage 1 B1 cervical cancer.
Frazier didn’t think she would go to college anymore and unpacked. The next morning, her mom had repacked everything and was ready to take her to the University of Oklahoma.
While dealing with the most frightening time in her life, Frazier went to school and didn’t miss one sorority event until her first surgery.
Frazier even competed in Miss Oklahoma that June with her new platform of “Cervical Cancer Awareness.” She made Top 10 and won best interview in the Sigma group, which granted her a scholarship to ORU.
During all of this, Frazier underwent treatment and four surgeries.
“I was told that if my cancer had not been detected during a gall bladder scan, I would not have lived to be 21,” Frazier said.
Ninety days after the first treatment, Frazier found out the cancer was gone. With only a short period of celebration, the cancer came back in July 2012.
“That was when I made the ultimate choice that I needed to stay home and go to ORU instead of OU,” Frazier said.
Frazier’s family discovered that the cancer was most likely a result of the drug Diethylstilbestrol (DES), given to her grandmother during pregnancy in 1958 to prevent miscarriages. The drug has since been proven to cause lupus and cervical or breast cancer in second and third generations, and was removed from the market by the FDA in 1971.
“Without faith, I wouldn’t have been able to maintain a positive attitude about my cancer treatment,” Frazier said. “It took me time to not be mad at the Lord, but I knew there was such a bigger plan he had for me.”
Junior music technology major Daniel Jones said that Frazier is always “positive and happy.”
“Even though she was afraid, she kept going,” Jones said. “She had cancer and still did everything in excellence.”
Frazier is now the local titleholder for Miss Oklahoma State Fair and is working hard to prepare for the state pageant in June. Best of all, she has been cancer free since Feb. 24 and only has to go for checkups every six months.
Junior communication major Emily Porter said that the beauty Frazier portrays on the outside also “100 percent matches her beauty inside.”
“No matter what gets thrown at her, she just hits out of the park,” Porter said. “She showed me that no matter what, you can always pick yourself up and move on to the next thing in life.”
Frazier shared her story with communication professor Rhonda Gallagher during preparation for a speech in her Oral Communications class.
“She is very open and feels like this is a cause in her life,” Gallagher said, “She harnesses her pain in a constructive way to move others around her into a better place.”
Frazier has reached over 5,000 women in the past year through her platform. She wants to use her voice to let the teal and white ribbon of cervical cancer be known as well as the pink ribbon of breast cancer.
“I believe God healed me of cancer as a gift; a gift I feel led to share with others to improve the health of women nationwide.”