Sandy Bottali: Breast Cancer Survivor

Sandy Bottali, Breast Cancer SurvivorMy breast cancer story began in 2004. I was diagnosed with stage 1. I held my breath with every doctor’s visit and tumor marker blood test –  waiting for the next shoe to fall. It fell 7 years later – 2011 when my back pain proved to be bone metastasis.

I was now stage 4, incurable with grim statistics regarding life span. I was in shock, down a dark hole and I withdrew from family and friends.  Even with a very supportive family it was me who had this horrible disease. I was alone – surrounded by people who loved me.

I finally realized that the people I loved were suffering too. It was hard for them to see someone who  once loved life seep into such despair. That’s when I made a call to Support  Connection.

For the last four years I have been attending Support Connection’s advanced cancer support group. There I have met the most incredible, courageous women. Some have died – they have become part of my soul.

We discuss all of our concerns, sometimes it’s more than just the cancer. We cry, we laugh. We learn so much from each other. Not just about the disease and  available treatments, but compassion and love for each other. To my Peer Counselor, Robin: I love you and thank you for all you do –  always giving your message of hope.

Yes, I am past my expiration date and enjoying my life as full as possible. I celebrate life’s sweetest moments doing the ordinary with the people I love the most.