Deisy Vanegas

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: Amstelveen
Cancer: Breast & Ovarian Cancer

"Your mind and emotions are the struggle but keep fighting because I’ve learned that everything in life is temporary. After a big storm, there is always a beautiful rainbow shining."

In July of 2017, I found a lump in my breast, just 2 weeks after a surgery to remove a cyst in my right ovary (which ended up unremovable).

I went to my GP and she immediately sent me to the hospital for a biopsy. The day after I get the results: Breast cancer, stage 2B. Doctors said I had to have surgery in 3 days, mostly because I was 29 and the risk of it spreading quickly was higher than in older patients. After the mastectomy, I woke up in the waiting room still under the effects of the anesthesia and I start crying from the thought that one of my breasts was gone and replaced with a prosthesis (something I was against my whole life).

I still needed to get chemotherapy for the prevention of recurrence. I went through IVF due to chemo leaving you sterile. It was a very painful time physically and emotionally because I knew I wanted to be a mother someday. Finally, after the hardest shots of chemo, I decided to stop because I felt I didn’t need it anymore.

Months after that, I started to have pain in my right ovary from my cyst they could not remove. After a checkup and another surgery to get a biopsy, I got diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer. My doctor had tears in his eyes when he told me.

I went through a laparotomy and 6 rounds of chemo which meant facing all the challenges for a second time. I finished my last round of chemo in January 2019. Now at 31 years old, I am finally clean and nothing else in my body to worry about.

I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have had to see people dying around me of cancer, so I am just really grateful to have a second chance to live my life to the fullest.

We are stronger than we think, our souls always want the best for us. The key is to listen to it and let it guide you. Your mind and emotions are the struggle but keep fighting because I’ve learned that everything in life is temporary. After a big storm, there is always a beautiful rainbow shining.