It all started 13 years ago when her doctor’s noticed something suspicious.
“It was like, why me?” says Barbra Brewster.
A lump about two centimeters wide began a new chapter in Barbra Brewster’s life.
“I really had no time for stress or worry or anything like that. It was just one thing after another,” says Brewster.
She retired one day, got a mastectomy the next.
She started chemo and after her treatments, the lump disappeared.
“Faith is what got me through it,” says Brewster.
Brewster’s miracle story is now a common one.
“We’re catching breast cancer very early. Even stage 3 cancers have a decent chance of getting cured,” Edward Woos, Sanford Oncologist.
The fatality rates of women diagnosed with breast cancer have been dropping for almost three decades. Even the number of cases diagnosed has been dropping since 2000. There’s a lot of new advancement helping with those numbers.
“We’re starting to diagnose breast cancers at the molecular level instead of stages,” says Woos.
Every year Brewster gets a mammogram.
Her anxiety drops which each test, but now she has another fight her faith will have to take on.
“I have multiple myeloma… cancer of the bone,” says Brewster.
There’s no cure, but they’ve been treating it for years.
She says this fight is one that she’s going to keep up for a long time.
“Believe there’s a light in the tunnel. Things will be okay,” says Brewster.
Although medicine and technology is helping the battle against breast cancer, 40,000 women are expected to die in 2016 from the disease.