I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor: Carey Rotoli
I was at home when I received the call from my doctor telling me I had breast cancer. I had just been in for a routine mammogram. My treatment included surgery and then I received radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The surgery and the radiation were fairly easy, but the chemo really took a toll on me. It would scramble my brain and I had a hard time conversing on the days that I received the treatment. I still have problems with my typing; I type the right letters, but they are in the wrong order. It’s not as bad as it was at first, but it is still a problem.
It is important to get support, so you don’t go through this on your own. I received support at the Cancer Center in Carson City. It was convenient because my doctor was there and that is also where I received my chemotherapy and infusions. The people were great and the surroundings were beautiful.
I became involved with SGK to help raise money for those who need it. I have done the walk several years to help raise funds. I was lucky that I did not need assistance. I had insurance, which paid for a large part of my treatment. My treatments came to over $90,000 and insurance paid for about $70,000 of the bills. Even with insurance, the treatments are quite expensive.
I have been a survivor for 8 years now. My advice to others is to always get your routine mammogram. I have been getting mammograms every year since I turned 42. My cancer was a very aggressive form, and luckily it was caught early; it saved my life.
Story by Pypeline Editing