Wanda’s tale of triumph

Breast cancer survivor encourages others to celebrate life

I have gone through it — you know, the losing of my hair, losing my fingernails, my toenails, my breasts. I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer on July 28, 2008. That date is when everything changed. It kept playing in my head: I have cancer, I have cancer, I have cancer.

My concern was how others were going to react to it — my sisters, my mom, my dad and my daughter. I knew I had to fight because, at the time, my daughter was 26, and I’m like, “I can’t leave her.”

I had to decide what I was going to do with this journey. Am I going to go in fighting? Am I going to go in crying?

I’m celebrating life. I’m celebrating each year that I got through. I thought that when I lost my job of 20 years that that was important, but it wasn’t. And I loved my job, but this job that I have now — as a cancer survivor — is what I’m supposed to do: Be a survivor, support the next individual, and push them, push them, push them!

– Wanda Anderson

Breast cancer prevention

Preventing breast cancer begins with living a healthy lifestyle. While some risk factors, including a family history of breast cancer, cannot be changed, the following lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk:

  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Use caution when considering hormone replacement therapy.
  • Exercise 30 minutes a day, six days a week.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Pay attention to changes in your breast, such as lumps, bumps or skin changes.

Norton Cancer Institute

Norton Cancer Institute is revolutionizing care, so that one day cancer will be a thing of the past.

Learn more at NortonHealthcare.com/DefeatCancer

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