Elina Batista's story of survival
My mother was a breast cancer survivor, and at my age she had a double mastectomy. I was terrified that I would have to go through the same ordeal. Thankfully my doctor, Dr. Porudomisky was able to save my breast. I had a lumpectomy performed at North Broward Medical Center. Then I had six weeks of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments.
My family was all very supportive and positive. We have a long history of cancer, so we have been down this road before. Each time we survive with tears, love and prayer. I tried to stay positive, to keep my spirits up. I prayed a lot, I meditated and thanked God for the strength he obviously thought I had and the strength I needed to find.
During my treatments I talked to many women who had similar experiences. I learned to eat healthier, I started an organic diet. I ate spinach, blueberries and many foods that have antioxidants. I stayed away from caffeine and I started to drink one small class of red wine with my dinner. My faith in God and my family's support helped me through. I believe in the power of positive affirmation and every morning I would tell myself, "Today, I am healed."
My advice to all women, young and old is to do self-examinations and get a yearly mammogram. If you find yourself in my shoes, try to have faith, to be positive and lean on family and friends. When I think of life before cancer, I see myself as a totally different person. Cancer killed the woman I was, and surviving gave birth to a new, stronger and happier woman. I have changed physically, emotionally and spiritually. I like the woman I am today.