Cancer in My Life was a Blessing, She Says

In her early 30s and out of the high-risk age group, Sara Ordonez found out she had breast cancer, stage 2. The diagnosis came after feeling a lump while breastfeeding her baby girl in 2018. Want to see more? Baptist…

Cancer in My Life was a Blessing, She Says

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In her early 30s and out of the high-risk age group, Sara Ordonez found out she had breast cancer, stage 2. The diagnosis came after feeling a lump while breastfeeding her baby girl in 2018.

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Sara Ordonez:
I’m Sara Ordonez. I’m from Columbia. I’m 33 years old. I’m a mom. I’m a health coach. I’m a healthy chef, and I’m a survivor.
Sara Ordonez:
My life was really like quiet. Um, I was working as an industrial engineer in a company. Um, very like athlete person, um, eating well. So everything was like almost perfect in my life.
Sara Ordonez:
I was latching up my baby, and my baby hit me here on this side, and I felt something like really bad, like really, really hard, um, and I touch it, and I felt the little bump. So I say, “You know what? I have to go to the doctor.” So I came to the doctor, and, and I did all the exams and studies, and they found, um, breast cancer in stage two.
Starr Mautner, M.D.:
So I think Sara’s story is very important because she was diagnosed with breast cancer at an extremely young age in her early 30s, and this was something that she felt on her own while she was breastfeeding, and many young women could potentially feel a lump in their breast and think, “This is nothing. I’m 30 years old. I’m breastfeeding. It’s probably something benign,” but she did not ignore it. Um, she sought medical attention, and because she was so proactive about this, she caught it at an early enough stage where it was entirely curable.
Sara Ordonez:
Dr. Mautner called me and through her call, she said, “Sara, well, unfortunately, the result was positive and you have a cancer.”
[Video of Sara is shown]
Oh my God, that was, was I think the worst 30 seconds in my life. I felt alone and I felt like nobody else was with me. I thought my life was gone, but at the same time, when I, I raised my, my face to the sun and I saw the light in my face, and I say, “You know what? God is with me, and no one is gonna fight better than me this battle.”

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Starr Mautner, M.D.:
Here at Miami Cancer Institute, we really take a multidisciplinary approach to treating the patient. Sara, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent a bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy where we were able to preserve the skin and the nipples, but take out all of the breast tissue underneath the skin and reconstruct her breasts with implants.
[Pictures of Sara are displayed]
After that, Sara was recommended to undergo chemotherapy, and so she underwent several months of chemotherapy.
Sara Ordonez:
For me, cancer was like a, like a word that you always heard, but nothing nearby me, nothing to concern about. I never thought that I could pass through this kind of hard time in my life. Um, before cancer, I think is a Sara, a different person, that after cancer, now I think I’m, I’m kind of newborn, I’m a newborn.
Starr Mautner, M.D.:
She is like barely recognizable as the person that I initially met. Um, she lost weight. She exercised. She transformed her career,

[Pictures of Sara modelling are shown]

now a chef on Telemundo as part of their cooking challenging competition, and she’s just such an unbelievable person. She’s now developed these head wraps, um, for patients that are undergoing chemotherapy treatment that lose their hair, and they look beautiful. She came into the clinic just a few weeks ago wearing one of these, and she just looked like this gorgeous supermodel, um, and you couldn’t even tell that she just underwent all of this treatment over the past year.

[Video of Sara is shown]
Sara Ordonez:
Cancer in my life was a blessing, so I think I born again after cancer. I’m a new person. I’m a better person right now. A lot of people doesn’t have the second opportunity in life that God gave me. This battle is gonna be my victory, and I’m seeing life from another point of view.

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