Maria’s Story

Have you ever thought “It will not happen to me”? Oh how wrong I was. Here is my story: My daughter, Stephanie, was diagnosed in August of 2015 with Pseudo tumor Cerebri, meaning the worst headaches any human being is able to tolerate, After almost one year of in and out hospital stays, she had surgery on March 29, 2016. She was discharged on April 4, 2016 and later that day, my wonderful husband, Mark, had a heart attack.

In June 2016 I felt a lump in my left breast and it was actually hurting, I honestly thought it was nothing because I have yearly mammograms- oh how wrong I was. After a sonogram and another mammogram and then a biopsy… surprise, surprise- I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I have been so busy dealing with Mark and Stephanie’s health issues, I kind of let myself go until i was notified with this.

I know now what “girls fight” means…

In a matter of 2 weeks I had 2 surgeries- a lumpectomy and a second surgery because it was found there were more cancer cells in the “outside” of my breast nipple. Today I have an appointment with Oncologist to find out how many chemo rounds I will need. I am one of the lucky ones. I was a “captain” for a Susan G. Komen Race team in 2009, in honor of my friend who had double mastectomy. I walk for her, together with all my coworkers at Ceridian. Now I am getting ready to walk for myself. We need to find a cure for this … seriously. I know now what “girls fight” means…  ~Maria

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