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Sandra’s Story

If you don't know already, I was diagnosed Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer in January 2011. Obviously, it was a shock.  The good news is that we have acted aggressively.  We will use this site to keep everyone up to date on my treatments and prognosis. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support for all of your prayers and happy thoughts!

The most common question that we have gotten is how did you find out? I found out after visiting my OB/Gyn and talking about some issues that came up after Anya's birth. He immediately sent me next door to the Breast Center for imaging. Between 8am and 11am I had gone through an exam, mammogram, ultrasound, core needle biopsy, and had a diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer.
We found out pretty early on that the cancer has spread to my bones (pelvis and spine), making it officially stage 4. The type of breast cancer is estrogen and progestrogen positive, so it is likely that I have had this since I got pregnant with Anya.

We are lucky to have such a great support system and we are moving forward with hopeful spirits and ready to take on this new challenge. Please keep in touch, we may take a little while to get back to people, but we really appreciate all of our friends, family, and colleagues both in Chicago and across the continent.

Sandra, Sanjay, Raj and Anya

Latest Journal Update


No cancer to be seen ...pain due to inflammation post radiation! Thank you for all prayers and warm thoughts!!!!! For now we stay the course with existing treatments. What a great way to end a chapter. I am thrilled that I will be returning to my love of teaching this spring. Thanksgiving came early in my house. May you all be so blessed this Thanksgiving. With love, Sandra
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Carlo Segre
By Carlo
Great news, happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Susan Rafte
By Susan
Nik Rokop
By Nik Rokop
Wonderful news Sandra!

Happiest of Holidays to you and your family!
Mary Burns
By Mary and Joe
Giving thanks, indeed!!!!
Michelle Lorge
By Michelle Lorge
That is GREAT news!!! So happy!!
Karen Kenny
By Karen Kenny
Sandra -
What wonderful news!!

Warm hugs, Karen
Lori Matten
By Lori Matten
So glad to hear the good news!
Devina Sharma
By Devina Sharma
That's great news, Sandra! Lots of love to all of you! xx
Marcelo Hormazábal
By Marcelo Hormazábal
Fantastic! 👍