Success Story: Amber, a Selfless Supporter

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Diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer

I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer. As a result, I had a double mastectomy and went through chemo and radiation. It was a very tough time for me. I wanted in the beginning for everything to happen all at once but quickly learned that’s not how cancer treatment goes.

So I had to adjust my expectations to the reality that treatment was a lengthy, painful process. I did my best to stay calm and not worry so much about the next thing. I tried to take joy in the moment and do what I needed to focus on each treatment step.

how it all played out

Stuck in a glass box

I was consistently surrounded by my family and that was a good thing. But they did not know what I was going through. They could see me, they could help me but they didn’t know how I was feeling inside.

The best way for me to describe it is that I felt like I was in a glass box. It was small. I could see through it. I could smell through it, and I could see life happening around me but I couldn’t engage with the rest of the world. Even though they were right there next to me, I felt like they were 100 miles away.

a note from the today's woman foundation

Amber was a selfless soul

Amber was a wife and mother of two adorable daughters. Unfortunately she was not able to end this story with the good news that she successfully beat cancer, Amber succumbed to the disease on May 12, 2018. Before and during her sickness, Amber worked diligently as a volunteer in support of the Bundles program. She regularly attended workshops, she decorated boxes and made bracelets that go inside. She was an inspiration to us all and we are grateful that she chose to spend a part of her incredible life with the team and volunteers of the Today’s Woman Foundation. 

“I am grateful to have the support of like-minded women driven by community, love, faith and the will to encourage each other.”
Amber Sanchez
Bundles of Hope Volunteer
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