Blessings come in different forms. Mine came last month after, I got a tetanus shot. That bump that formed in my right arm forced me to the doctor's office and a devastating diagnosis. After reporting on breast cancer for more than three decades, I join thousands of women and men fighting against this potentially deadly disease.
You've noticed that I've lost weight, I hadn't felt this good in such a long time. But looks can be deceiving. I have bilateral breast cancer. Tomorrow I begin my cancer journey. I will be administered the first round of chemotherapy.
You will see some changes in my appearance but my passion for my job will not change. Getting that tetanus shot was a blessing in disguise. I will be taking some time off a few days a month to fight the good fight like so many other women in our community! I have a strong and compassionate team of family, friends, doctors, bosses and co-workers who will be with me on this cancer journey. But more importantly I have turned it over to God. I would greatly appreciate your prayers.
As one of more than 300,000 women in the United States who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, I am blessed to have health insurance, a loving family, and the support of friends, coworkers and the community.
Not all women battling breast cancer in the El Paso area have that.
I created the Stand With Estela Fund in the El Paso Community Foundation to help other women going through this journey.
The Stand With Estela Fund will provide financial support for a variety of things, like transportation to and from their chemotherapy, wigs, compression sleeves, maybe even flowers or a prayer blanket.