"We women are so strong; let this be your chance to prove to the world and yourself"

Anita

“First hearing the words ‘You have breast cancer’ was by far the worst words I had ever heard in my 47 years. I finished speaking with the doctor, trying to remain calm and collected, but when I called my husband, I totally broke down and cried like a child. My next call was to a general surgeon, whom I saw that same afternoon. He was very kind and patient. He explained what needed to be done and that I was not going to die from this. He handed me a piece of paper with my plastic surgeon’s name on it. I saw her the very next day. She looked at me, smiled, and said, ‘We are going to get rid of this cancer, and you will be more beautiful than ever.’ And all of a sudden, I felt as if this weight had been lifted. I felt like, ‘OK, let’s go.’

“It has been a year and a half since my first surgery. I had no idea what this journey was going to include. Looking back now, I realize how important my family, friends, doctors, nurses, and complete strangers became during this time. I do not think of the past year as a terrible and horrible curse that was dealt me, but rather as a blessing. I have learned so much, and I am thankful for the support so many have given me. I learned to turn negatives into positives, pray continuously, and be thankful for the love that has been showered on me. I know I have a glorious life ahead of me.”

Anita