Name: Syreeta Coleman
Occupation: Department Assistant/Surgery
Age when diagnosed with breast cancer: 40
Breast cancer type: Invasive ductal carcinoma
Breast cancer stage: Stage 2
Treatment: Nipple sparing bilateral mastectomy with expanders, four cycles of chemo (TC), 25 rounds of radiation before DIEP Flap reconstruction
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I enjoy writing and blogging on my website creating monthly newsletters about self-love and tips on how to grow and evolve into the woman one desires to be.
What’s your go-to pick-me-up song?
Alive by Sia.
How did you discover your breast cancer?
I was asymptomatic and went for my third annual mammogram.
What went through your head when you received your diagnosis?
“Is this real?”
What’s the craziest thing someone said to you after being diagnosed?
“I don’t believe you really have cancer.”
Who are your biggest sources of support throughout your experience with cancer?
Colleagues, my church family, and a few close friends.
What is the most difficult part of being young with breast cancer?
Mentality accepting the physical changes my body has gone through and having no control while going through treatments.
What’s something unexpected you learned about yourself as a result of having breast cancer?
I speak up for myself more and stick to my boundaries without feeling bad or guilty for putting myself, my priorities and health first. Being diagnosed during a pandemic, self-care, plus boundaries, are critical to staying safe and healthy.
What words of wisdom would you pass on to another young person who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer?
Allow yourself grace and self-care, as it will help you overcome those days that are difficult to navigate through.
If you or someone you know is a young woman with breast cancer looking for a community that relates and connects with your struggle, the Rethink Young Women’s Network might be right for you. For more information, click here.