Hello everyone! It's Survivor Saturday with Ms. Vatesha! We had a time trying to get this session scheduled but she was a trooper and we got it done. We had a great time and laughed so much during this session! I love a person that can laugh through life and have a great time. This school teacher came ready to get her glam on and pose for her life! Everyone please meet Vatesha...
1. What type of cancer were you diagnosed with and when?
Breast Cancer- diagnosed February 27, 2014
When I was diagnosed back in 2014, I was diagnosed at stage 2B, which meant that my cancer had spread into my lymph nodes. From the time I received the news until I began treatment was a whirlwind. I got the news in February and my team of doctors wanted to start treatment right away. Because I was so young and had no kids, it was suggested that I see a fertility specialist about getting my eggs frozen. During the month of March I was under the care of Shady Grove Fertility Clinic and I had my eggs frozen. Soon after I began my chemo treatment on April 4, 2014. I finished on July 11, 2014. A month later on August 20, 2014 I received a lumpectomy to remove the tumor and the lymph nodes affected by the cancer. Finally from September from to November I received radiation.
Upon diagnosis, my family, friends, and colleagues were there for me from the very start. I had so much support from everyone that it was overwhelming. I was so grateful for all the love and support I received. It really gave me the strength I needed to fight and beat the disease.
2. How old were you when you were diagnosed?
3. What/Who helped you get through your treatment?
My faith in God, my family, my best friends, colleagues, my sorority sisters
4. When were you deemed Cancer Free?
August 20, 2014
5. What did you do to celebrate that special day and your anniversary day?
Participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk with family, friends, sorority sisters Had a big dinner party at one of my favorite restaurants
6. Do you have any special charities that you are involved in or host as a survivor?
Participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk back home in Charlotte, NC
7. What advice would you give to someone that is just being diagnosed?
FIGHT!! Having a positive attitude and believing that you're going to beat cancer is half the battle. Also have a strong support system around you to get you through those tough moments.