Bold & Breastless: Shondia Sabari explains her breast cancer survival story

Taylor White | Contributing Writer

In a season known for Halloween candy and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s also important to remember that October is Breast Cancer awareness month.

To bring awareness to this issue, Hampton University’s, Women’s Caucus and Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership program hosted a talk with Shondia Sabari, a breast cancer survivor. Sabari is from South Carolina and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 36.

One morning something told her to get a mammogram, she later describes this feeling as the holy spirit. A few weeks after she got the mammogram she received a letter diagnosing her breast cancer.

Sabari had stage zero breast cancer. She had two lumps in her right breast and one lump in her left.

After receiving the news, she was shocked. Sabari was so young and didn’t have a family history of breast cancer. The doctor informed her that the best solution would be a double mastectomy to prevent the cancer from spreading.

While crying and feeling hopeless she says she remembered something that her Grandma would say “Stop all that crying and let them doctors take your breasts away.”

Sabari then consulted with her husband telling him that “I do not want to keep you trapped in a marriage that you are not happy in, if getting my breast removed will make you not love me anymore.”

He reassured her that he loved her no matter what, with or without breasts. A quote from inspiring Shondia Sabari that stuck with the audience was was “Cancer messed with my breast, not my self esteem.”

The day of the surgery came and she strutted into the hospital with a face full of makeup, a dress and heels. One of the nurses even asked her if she was at the hospital for a job interview. However, Sabari dressed that way because if she looks good, she feels good.

Brittany Barkesdale, a sophmore strategic communications major from Los Angeles said “I admired that the survivor stayed optimistic throughout the entire experience and never saw the negative side of the situation, and I liked how she looked to God during the struggle and after the struggle.”

The signs of breast Cancer are a lump in your breasts, armpit or near your collarbone, a pulled in nipple, dimpling, discharge in the nipple, redness or a rash, pain in the breast or if you notice that one of the breasts looks noticeably different than the other. Although there are many signs of breast cancer, women without symptoms should still be checked out by a doctor.

Breast Cancer affects people of all races and genders. In fact it is the most common cancer in women, and according to statistics one in eight women will catch the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about breast cancer and visit one’s doctor regularly.

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