Cecilia Sarabia


"Winning the fight against breast cancer means taking the right steps, so get tested, become aware, exercise, get involved, and together let's erase this disease!"

My Story:  Kellogg’s cereal

A Kroger employee, learned about the importance of early detection during her struggle with breast cancer.
My experience with breast cancer is very recent, but the sooner I can share my story, the better!

I had just turned 40 and the doctor suggested I get a mammogram.  This suggestion is one for which I am externally grateful.  It was through the mammogram, that I was diagnosed on March 29, 2006 with Aggressive Stage 2 breast cancer.  My doctor quickly began treatment with all the tests needed, bone scan, biopsy.  I had a segmentectomy and radiation therapy was performed for invasive breast cancer, treated immediately and became a survivor!  I did not have a family history of the disease and was only 40, so I didn’t think it could happen to me!  But instead I discovered that, as women, we are all at risk.  We must be committed to getting tested regularly, because breast cancer can affect anyone of us!  Throughout my cancer treatment, I received tremendous support from my family, friends and co-workers.  I used on-line resources for information and hospital support groups help me find other women with similar experiences.  I learned a lot about my body and I also discovered how many people even strangers, are willing to help.  Most importantly, I learned that early detection is crucial.  My cancer was diagnosed as being aggressive, so I am grateful that it was detected early. 

When and how did you learn that you had breast cancer?
In November 2005 had just gone for yearly checkup, when my doctor suggested that I get a mammogram, since I was 40.  This was  just the beginning of more tests as the reading had some abdonmialities.  I learned I had breast cancer in March 2006, when I received a call from my doctor after my biopsy.  I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to start treatment.

Did you know much about breast cancer when you were diagnosed?  Did you have a family history of the disease?
I did not know much about breast cancer at the time of my diagnoses.  As, I have had no family history of this disease.

How involved was your treatment?
I had a lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation treatment.

What were the most important factors that help you through treatment and recovery?
The support of my wonderful husband Jesse, my family and co-workers.  Having a positive attitude and exercise.

What did you learn about yourself as you went through this difficult experience?
It is truly mind over matter.  I learned staying positive about the treatment would help me be a fighter.  I was not going to let this disease stop me from my daily routine.  I continued to work and exercise during my treatments, as the support from my family and peers was a great strength in my recovery.

How do you feel today?  How has your life changed since facing this disease?
I truly feel better and healthier today!  It has been an inspiration to share my story with others and tell them about my personal experience of having beat breast cancer.  You learn to enjoy life and the importance of spending time with your family and staying healthy.