When you’re 25 and jumpstarting your life as a new mom, you would never expect to find a cancerous lump in your breast. But that’s exactly what happened to Valerie. This is just the beginning of her story of beating breast cancer.
At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System, Dr. Carmen Calfa offered not only the second opinion Valerie needed, but a caring approach to her cancer treatment.
“You are so young,” she told her new patient. “We’re going to fix this, but you’re going to have to go to war with me. And I’m going to go with you every step of the way.
“Breast cancer should not define a young person, and should not define anybody. We are here to make them the happiest and healthiest survivors they can be. The good news is that the cure rate is increasing.”