Survivor Stories 2015:
1. How did you first find out you had cancer?
My doctor called to come in as she had results of my biopsy. No secret what that meant.
2. How did you react when you heard the news?
What do we do now to kick cancers butt? No time to cry over something I couldn’t control.
3. What course of treatment were you prescribed?
Double mastectomy, expanders, then reconstruction. I was one of the lucky ones. No chemo/radiation. Two years free and clear.
4. What most surprised you about your treatment?
That I was one of the lucky ones.
5. What would your advice be to anyone who just received a cancer diagnosis?
Don’t panic. Don’t worry cause it’s bad for you; mind, body and soul . Just get to work on what you can control…. fixing it!
6. How long have you been cancer free?
Two years +.
7. What lessons did you learn from the experience?
I’m stronger than I thought.
8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there what would it be?
Take advantage of all the support you can get….family, friends, other survivors, groups. Whatever works for you, use it. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help! Use all your energy to kick cancers ass…not waste it worrying! PS my daughter was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive breast cancer and starts chemo plus other drugs Thursday for 6 months (treatment every 3weeks) then, depending on results, some form of surgery. Then six more months of treatment. This has been a million times harder to handle for me than my own. First I felt I had passed it on to her but she had genetic testing and was negative. My oldest daughter has had numerous questionable mammograms just like I have and a year or so ago had a biopsy which was negative. We have a lot of cancer in our family so it’s definitely something we take seriously.
Sandy Seale is the mother of three beautiful daughters with six grandkids (3 girls; 3 boys) and happily married for over 50 years. For most of her life, she’s been a stay-at-home mom/Nana to all of her kids and grandkids. When she did work intermittently: doctors receptionist, secretary, managed Preston Smiths campaign for Governor of Texas and worked at a foster care/adoption agency part-time. She was a foster care mom at Edna Gladney Center for 8 years; 52 foster babies…. one of which became her youngest daughter. She’s been a volunteer in GS of A as both troop leader, day camp director and adult trainer. She’s been active in church through many various positions. Other than that, she was “just” a stay-at-home mom.