• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Gaining fresh perspective

November 19, 2017

cancer patient Sara Martinek and her family on the beachDiagnosed with breast cancer at 27, Sara Martinek persevered through treatment with the support of her family, friends and care team, and she came out on the other side with a new appreciation for what matters in life.

Written by Sara Martinek

Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Like most people, I never thought it would happen to me. Then one day, there it was — a lump. I was 27 years old, married to my middle school sweetheart, with two beautiful children, and I had a job I loved going to every day.

Suddenly, my normal life felt like it came to an abrupt standstill, while other aspects of my life felt like they were flying out of control or were in fast-forward mode. I felt completely out of control of my own life.

Being a cancer patient quickly became my new full-time job. So, you can imagine the relief I felt when I realized how incredible the team of not only doctors, but the entire staff, were at Mayo Clinic Health System. When your life essentially is in the hands of medical professionals and caregivers, the security you feel from knowing you are on the right path is priceless.

There is so much information to take in with a cancer diagnosis. I was always given time to absorb, process and ask questions. More than once, I received phone calls in the evening just to share test results or after hours on a Friday, so I wasn't worrying all weekend. Read the rest of Sara's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.