Survivor Stories 2014:
Steve Del Gardo
1. How did you first find out you had cancer?
First, I found a lump while taking a shower in April of 2012. I went to my family doctor which then sent me to the local Wellness Center for women. After several tests, I found out it was benign then was sent home. After 6 months, the lump grew larger at I went back to the Wellness Center, had a lumpectomy then I was told I had Stage 1 Breast Cancer. That was in November of 2012.
2. How did you react when you heard the news?
I was shocked. In a fog. I don’t remember what the doctor said after he told me.
3. What course of treatment were you prescribed?
I had a Double Mastectomy with 4 rounds of chemo.
4. What most surprised you about your treatment?
I was surprised at how bad the nausea affected me. I was OK getting the Chemo but after each treatment, I felt worse than before. I didn’t realize how bad it would affect me.
5. What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
I have a motto that I use: Instead of lying face down in the fight against cancer, come out swinging! Beat it down! Battle it with all of your strength, faith, positivity, and humor! YOU WILL WIN!
6. How long have you been cancer free?
7. What lessons did you learn from the experience?
My true calling. My Destiny. It wasn’t until my 2nd treatment that I felt a warm presence come over me, a voice told me to start a foundation for all men. To be a voice for those that need to be heard. Bring change. Some call it a Divine Intervention. It could be.
8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
Talk to your sons about breast cancer and how it can affect them, too. They need to understand that it isn’t just women that can get it. I think parents/families need to start communicating more with their children and each other about breast cancer.
Steve Del Gardo is 46 Years old, divorced, and has a 10-year old son. He is the Director/Founder of Protect The Pecs and a Ford Warrior in Pink/Model of Courage 2014/2015.