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As you listen to the news, read the paper, check Facebook or talk to others, you’re frequently made aware of someone that’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. Then one day, when you’re the one receiving the devastating phone call.
I was stunned and speechless. Then the tears came. My emotions got the best of me.
I knew I needed to see the very best. I was referred to Nebraska Medicine surgical oncologist Dr. Edibaldo Silva-Lopez. I peppered him with questions: Did I need to get my things in order? If so, how long did I have? He looked me straight in the face and said, “That is not even a concern for you.”
Dr. Silva’s recommended treatment plan for me was newly approved, but research showed the results were very positive. Beginning what we anticipated being a year-long process, we began chemotherapy, ultimately discovering the tumor was gone. After surgery to remove any possible cancerous tissue surrounding it, I received a phone call from Dr. Silva’s nurse, Carol, telling me all the tests performed on the removed tissue and lymph nodes were negative for the cancer!
When this journey began, my husband and I both prayed for a miracle. That miracle was not for the cancer to just go away, but for me to be directed to the right physicians with the knowledge to cure my disease. My prayers were answered and my miracle was granted. But without cancer research and the dedication of physicians who put it to use, who knows where my journey would have led. I now pray for a financial miracle so that cancer research can continue to evolve at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center for many, many years to come. I am living proof that this research does make a difference.