Kala Waits - Diagnosed at 40
I make a living telling other people’s stories, but today I share part of my own. As a lifelong box-checker, I requested my first mammogram when I turned 40 and within 48 hours I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
As an employee at UMC, I have never been more passionate or proud of UMC’s level of care than having been on the receiving end of it. Dr. Rahman, my surgical oncologist, inspired me to be strong. Dr. Jones gave me permission to be vulnerable, and Dr. Ramzi reminded me how much there is to be grateful for.
There is no “easy” cancer, but there is early detection. There are also compassionate caregivers at UMC who will fight for you and with you, and to them I say thank you. You’ve saved my life.
My advice for current and future fighters: Give yourself some grace. I tried to work so hard during treatment to be “normal” and act like nothing had changed – even when I needed rest. I wish I had allowed myself to truly take care of me.