There’s a reason I went to AGH.
- Sarah C.
Sarah Cooper thinks everything happens for a reason. This belief and the
fierce desire to treasure even the smallest joys in life give her the
strength to forge ahead and the hope that the best is still to come.
In 2010, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she underwent her
mastectomy at Mercy Medical Center, she decided to have most of her cancer
treatment at Atlantic General.
She has lived in the community, developing a support network of friends
and family, taking pride – and joy – in delighting guests
as a server at Phillips Crab House, for 17 years.
The rigor of cancer treatment she knew would wear her out – and maybe
something else that she can’t quite put her finger on – kept
her here, close to home, as much as possible to do what she needed to
do to defeat her breast cancer.
“There’s a reason I went to AGH,” she said, giving a
nod to the spiritual as well as the practical. “Maybe it was to
meet everyone I have there, to be given this way to share my story so
I can help inspire others.”
And, Sarah’s is an inspiring story. Despite her relationship with
cancer, which took her boyfriend, Chris, and eventually her mother and
tangled with her older sister, Suzie, Sarah was upbeat and unwavering
in her hope from the time she was diagnosed until the day she announced
she was cancer free.
At every point in a very overwhelming process – the mastectomy of
her left breast, several rounds of chemotherapy that left her fatigued
and produced odd food cravings, a breast reconstruction, and an ovariectomy
to avoid an increased risk for ovarian cancer – she only looked forward.
“You’ve got to stay positive. Positivity gets you everywhere.”
She still goes to AGH for mammograms and MRIs, alternating between the
two every 6 months to make sure her body is still free of cancer. She
has her bloodwork, and consults with Dr. Rabindra Paul, the medical oncologist
who directs the
Regional Cancer Care Center, on a regular basis. But, the ongoing monitoring is a reassurance and
a reminder of what she has achieved, not something that holds her down.
The Facebook page that chronicles her treatment process and her myriad
specialists’ appointments is bedazzled with exclamation points and
“wahooo’s” as she celebrated each victory that took
her one step closer to be her old, healthy self: The vibrant, energetic
woman who waits tables all day long, 7 days a week at two different restaurants
during the “season,” who plays darts with friends at the Grand,
who loves her four cats, her friends and family, who just bought a house,
who dreams of another soulmate, who is still living life to its fullest.
The Regional Cancer Care Center
At the Regional Cancer Care Center in Berlin, MD, we know that cancer
care is about so much more than medical treatment. We’re sensitive
to each patient’s emotional and mental state, in addition to the
needs and wishes of family members and other caregivers. We are committed
to ensuring that each patient receives quality, holistic treatment for
the best outcomes.
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