Posted on Nov 12

"Stronger Than I Have Ever Been" Survivor: Sheryl C.

By: New Balance

"Stronger Than I Have Ever Been" Survivor: Sheryl C.

Years as a survivor Four years.

Sheryl's Story I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. For me, the diagnosis came as a complete shock. I was so sure my symptoms were nothing that I casually made a doctor’s appointment and went to it all by myself. I was 100 percent sure I had an infection and I expected to go home with an antibiotic.

Things like this never happen to me. I have never been sick a day in my life. My first reaction was to feel my body, and I remember thinking, “I don’t feel like I am going to die.” I quickly pulled myself together, and immediately became stronger than I have ever been. I was glad it was me, and not anyone in my family, and there was not a doubt in my mind I was going to beat it. To this day, I remember the thoughts in my mind very clearly. I remember talking to the doctor and saying, “I am going to be fine. There have been tremendous strides made in treating breast cancer.”

It ended up being a long road. A few surgeries, hospital stays, chemotherapy and radiation. There were days I was sure I was going to make it, and days I was sure I wasn’t. What amazes me most about cancer is what it does to your mind. You relive the moments you were diagnosed over and over. You struggle to remember every conversation with your doctors and try to pull out the positives. You drive yourself crazy by searching the internet to find a story that matches yours and has a positive ending. The unknowns of chemo and radiation, as well as the long-term effects sometimes paralyze you with fear. I do not want to go back there. Ever.

I will always be humbled by the love and support I received from family and friends. People truly amazed me, and continue to amaze me. With this experience, I have learned what it takes to really help someone. It has made me a stronger person, and a better person. For that, I am thankful.

How are you involved in the fight throughout the year? I walk the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk with my team members and I serve on the board of directors for a local breast cancer fundraising organization.

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