UPDATE FROM SANDY: “For double-mastectomy survivors like myself, there is a misconception that breast cancer can not return. There is a less than 1% chance, but it can happen and it happened to me. I was recently diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer. I want women everywhere, in every situation to be aware of the importance of regularly checking your breasts for changes. I, once again, found the lump myself, which helped to catch it early. I am a survivor and will continue to fight this disease, and I hope to inspire people along the way.”
“I found the lump myself in 2009 and decided to get my yearly mammogram. With no history of breast cancer in my family, I was really not overly concerned. I was a single parent, going through a horrid divorce, trying to put my life back together – I had bigger things to worry about. Little did I know my life as I knew it would never be the same. There’s nothing like hearing the words “you have cancer” to put things in perspective for you in the blink of an eye. At that moment I knew there were two things I needed to do right away. The first was to get rid of this cancer and the second was to enjoy my life – because in an instant I learned how valuable every second is. By the grace of God I was able to conquer and beat this disease and decided to put together that bucket list that we all talk about but never quite get down to even writing down.
Because I was in great shape due to being a Zumba Instructor, I decided to enter my first bikini competition. I hit the stage in November 2015 at age 51 already a winner because it wasn’t about placing for me, it was about taking back control of my body, my fate and life, and taking it to a level that I never thought I could. I learned to never say never, because I was lucky enough to get a second chance at life – we get one life – and we must live it to the fullest.”
– Sandy Molon, licensed Zumba® Instructor
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