Exactly three months after giving birth to her second child, Veronica Waldrop was feeding her baby girl when she felt a lump in her breast. Although she thought it was a milk duct, she listened to her gut and made an appointment with her doctor. Four days later, Veronica was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.
Veronica’s entire family gathered at her home to hear what they doctor said. After she told them her diagnosis, they all prayed together. Seven days later, she started chemotherapy. In total, Veronica had sixteen rounds of chemo over the course of six months, followed by a double mastectomy.
“I was terrified driving to the Cancer Center for my first day of chemo, but my fear diminished along the way because of the incredible faces that greeted me with a warm smile every time I walked through those doors. It is a serene place. The meditation room was an incredible resource for both me and my husband. Everyone from the receptionist to the nurses and doctors treats every patient like family, and I am so grateful for the people at Mary Bird Perkins,” said Veronica.
Veronica describes her last day of treatment as bittersweet and beautiful. Her husband was with her, alongside all of the nurses and staff who had become like family in those six months. “I remember scanning the room and feeling so much joy and so much gratitude that I got to ring that bell. On the day of my very first treatment, I saw the bell and focused on it for six months, knowing that a day would soon come when I would be able to ring that bell,” Veronica recalls.
Reflecting on living as a cancer survivor, Veronica said, “Life after cancer is a struggle, but through the process come blessings, if you allow it. Cancer allowed me to slow down, appreciate the small things in life, and live in the now.”