Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer

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Board Members

Erica Andrade - President  
Susan Garrett – Vice President
Alexander Morales - Treasurer
Wendy Garza – Secretary
Jennifer Hunter – Board Member  

A Survivor's Story

Fanny's Story

At the constant requests of her daughters, Fanny finally gave in and attended a breast cancer screening event hosted by the Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer in December 2009. Without insurance she had not had the opportunity to have a mammogram performed during the last few years. When she heard about the organization’s free screening program, she decided to take advantage of it and make an appointment on a very cold day. Little did she know that this screening would lead to immediate further testing to confirm that she did indeed have cancer on her right breast.

Fanny DelgadoMy daughters were the ones that told me I had cancer. They saw my results before I did and instantly told me that the results had come back positive. I was shocked, of course, but then I realized I had to relax to get through this. My family was there for me and has been there for me throughout this entire process. Since the first day they were determined to be by my side, and through their support I have felt much better. It’s hard to stay calm during moments such as these, but I believe that it’s important to do so in order to overcome the situation. My mom told me, “Have faith in God. Yes, many people have cancer and have died from it, but many others haven’t.” These words stayed with me during my treatment and I found them comforting during the times when I searched for hope. All throughout my treatment and breast cancer journey, I have been amazed by the people I have encountered. I consider them all to be angels. All the health care staff I have met has been so wonderful and caring. If anything, my cancer journey has led me to meet truly wonderful people in our community. Honestly, I have been overwhelmed and blessed by the attention and care I have received. My advice for women who fear getting a mammogram is to remember that it’s better to prevent than to cure. Take advantage of the screening resources now. Don’t put it off until later because we don’t know what will happen later and later may be too late. My advice to people who have cancer now is to remain positive, keep your brain happy, and continue living a healthy lifestyle. Never lose sight of hope, either. Miracles happen every day. I think the most important thing to remember is to not become fearful and to remain positive at all times. I know it’s not easy, but you have to find a way to stay positive. For example, I danced to my favorite music during my therapy to remain positive and hopeful. I wasn’t going to let my cancer get me down. I received my last therapy during the end of April, and thankfully, my cancer is now gone! For me, the CHWAC is something that I found in the road of my life that I will never find again. They are a group of angels and I will never be able to express how grateful I am for them. I thank God for what they have done for me and hope that this organization will continue for many years with that same spirit. Thanks to them, I had the opportunity to receive help at a very critical time in my life - a time that is now behind me. Now, I want to dedicate my spare time to volunteering in the community and living life with nothing but happiness! - Fanny Delgado

Clara's Story

Clara Reyes“There are a lot of people that have cancer and survive. I’m one of them,” says Clara Reyes, Vice President of the Coalition and a breast cancer survivor. Clara didn’t expect to have breast cancer, coming from a family with eight women, none of whom had it. However, when she went in for a yearly mammogram, the doctors found a tumor the size of a tennis ball. She was angry at herself for not noticing that something was wrong. “Now,” she says, “I have a big mirror and I go and check to see what is going on with me!” Clara was devastated when she was first diagnosed: “My daughter was with me, and she ran out of the room and she was crying and crying and crying outside. And I started crying then…” But Clara remembered what she herself spent so much time teaching other people: “Cancer is not a punishment from God. You can fight it.” Most importantly, you can have cancer and survive. Determined to be one of these survivors, Clara sought the support of a doctor, who performed a complete mastectomy to remove the tumor. She then went through chemotherapy. “It was very, very hard,” she remembers. But her friends and family stayed with her, encouraging her to fight, praying with her, and helping her to continue her life: “You get dressed or we’ll take you in pajamas,” they said. “We’re going out.” Now Clara has been a survivor for almost ten years and has some advice to give from her experience: “Early detection is one of the things that can really save your life, because if you find out too late, it’s too late.” “Know your body… And if you feel anything different, tell your doctor.“ “Have hope and be very strong… Your mind can do wonders.”

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