Stage 2b Breast Cancer Survivor Now Preparing For An Upcoming Beauty Pageant

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“I thought I could and I did.”

Shilpa Aneja was diagnosed with diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer in November 2016. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is preparing herself for an upcoming beauty pageant next year.

The Diagnosis

“In November 2016, I was diagnosed with stage 2B aggressive breast cancer. Me and my 2.5-year-old baby were playing when suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my left breast. That’s how we came to know about it after all the tests and scans.”

The Journey

“Though It’s a long journey and I’ve come a long way but to say my story in short and sweet words- So in November 2016, I got diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. We did all the tests which came out to be positive. I remember I had tears in my eyes only once when I got diagnosed.

We started with 8 rounds of chemotherapy instantly after getting the chemo port inserted. My other tests showed that I was BRCA 1 positive, ER positive, PR negative and Her2 positive. Which is like one in 8 ladies and I was that one chick to get all of this positive. I know that God makes things more difficult for those who He knows can fight and come over it. So, my surgery type was decided. I underwent bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts) and oophorectomy(removal of ovaries) So, no more babies for me.

I am still under hormonal treatment to suppress my hormones which were actually feeding my cancer cells to grow. Then I had the radiations which were the worst part of the treatment. Those burns and rays… Aaaah!!!! For 25 days I was under radiation therapy. I had to take 18 additional injections for being Her2 positive. I am finished with my treatment in January 2018 (still under pills for 5 years) I’m a big fitness freak and an iron lover. My day starts spending 2 hrs in the gym daily.

I eat clean and live a healthy lifestyle. People ask me if I used to eat junk before getting diagnosed. So, the answer is NO. I used to eat healthy before cancer got me and that’s why my immunity power was good during chemo. My cancer is because of my genetic history. I have an upcoming beauty pageant next year for which I’m preparing myself. I still have a minor surgery next month in June for which I’m prepared. But you know what all these things can’t stop me from getting what I want. I’ll take all the crowns for myself. Cancer actually made me stronger. All the best!! Much love!!”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My 2.5-year-old baby girl”

Biggest hindrance

“I faced the financial crisis during my treatment as we know treating cancer takes a lot mentally, physically and financially as well. I then started a crowdfunding campaign for myself which made things easier.”

Message to other cancer patients

“I only want to say that people, Cancer is just like any kind of VIRAL now. It is so common nowadays. You can definitely fight it and win over it by your positive attitude and self-will. You just need to stay happy during your entire treatment and think of the happy moments which you are going to spend with your family in the future. No crying, no negativity around you. Only your self will that, yes, you will live whatever happens can make you a winner. Life is too short to cry over things which are not in your hands. So better think and turn up those things which are in your own hands.”

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