Rosa Garcia

In August 2014, Rosa Garcia’s husband felt a small lump in her right breast. She went for diagnostic services and was told that the lump was noncancerous. But in March 2015, the lump seemed to become harder and she started feeling a strange sensation in her breast. She returned for a second round of tests and just before Mother’s Day her worst fears were confirmed; she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. After further tests, she discovered that her lungs and liver were also affected, advancing her diagnosis to Stage IV. “You know what this means for you; it is not good,” Rosa remembers her first oncologist saying. “For a moment, I thought I would die and started planning,” Rosa said. She started researching and reaching out to others who had similar diagnoses. She discovered that it was possible to live with cancer and set her mind to being in the percentage of those who did. She sought a second opinion with a medical group that helped her focus her energy on being proactive and hopeful. “There is no ‘I’ in cancer. Without support, it would have been very difficult. My kids gave me the reason to fight. My husband gave me the love and strength. My family, friends and co-workers gave me kind words and hope,” she said. Rosa visits her doctor every three to four months and received PET scans every six months and to this day, her body shows no signs of cancer. “I think of only today, which is not easy because I am a planner. I am grateful for every day; I take the time to enjoy nature, the colors in the sky and special moments with my kids,” she said.

In August 2014, Rosa Garcia’s husband felt a small lump in her right breast. She went for diagnostic services and was told that the lump was noncancerous. But in March 2015,…

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