Angelina Killane-Sims

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: New Jersey
Cancer: Breast

"Never say “why me?”, instead ask yourself “why not me?"

I was diagnosed with Stage-3 breast cancer in late 2007. The tumor was found by chance. I had just turned 40 years old and wasn’t concerned with getting a yearly mammogram. I never had to have one before. My OB-GYN was retiring and called me to make one last appointment to see him before he retired. I did and during that visit my tumor was found. My doctor immediately began to question the large lump that he found.

I was at a loss for words and began to think back to when I first noticed any sign of this tumor. I informed the doctor that back in February I had starting having a constant burning sensation across the upper left breast/chest and I wasn’t overly concerned because I thought I had just pulled a muscle working out. My OB-GYN immediately called a surgeon and made me an appointment for a biopsy the very next day.

Two days later, My husband and I were told of the positive identification of breast cancer and I would need to have immediate aggressive chemotherapy.  In about a short three days, my family’s and my life had changed forever. After three years of living in denial after my diagnosis, I started therapy and my own grassroots nonprofit, AAngelsNJ, to help educate about breast health, cancer awareness and offer support services to those underinsured and uninsured in Essex County, NJ.

Never say “why me?”, instead ask yourself “why not me?”. Your attitude is a very important part of having cancer. Keep a positive attitude. Cancer made me rethink my life and the things that are most important.