FILIPINA warrior Dr. Sharon Dreisbach shared her own formula to beat the second deadliest cancer in the world. She is an Assistant Professor at Skyline University College and has been living in the Gulf region for over a decade now. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last October 2015 and with the right thing on how to deal with it, she was to be cancer-free in less than a year. Dr. Sharon first faced her battle by accepting it and thinking of it as a ‘blessing’. She thought that the Almighty God has plans and reasons why she was diagnosed with the deadly condition. Her cancer was asymptomatic, meaning her cancer was showing any symptoms until one time she caressed her chest and felt a small bump.
She went to three doctors to get three opinions and to convince herself that she had cancer on her breast. She didn’t have any choice but to undergo a surgery called vasectomy or the process of breast removal so the cancer won’t spread further. For six months, she had undergone chemotherapy sessions. And 10 months after getting diagnosed, the good news came exactly on August 14, 2016.
“I went back to my oncologist and gynecologist and did CT scan, MRI, blood test, among other things, and I was happy as I was already cancer free,” she said. This only proves that Filipinos do not only triumph in their career lives, there are also cases of triumphing over their personal battles.
“Statistics say that over two million people get diagnosed with breast cancer alone every year and it normally starts at the age of 50 to 60 years old for women. But as the time goes by, this demographics have drastically changed. There’s a report I read where an eight years old girl was diagnosed with breast cancer. It doesn’t always
happen to girls, even guys can be diagnosed with breast cancer,” she added.
It may be a fast-recovery, but the battles she had faced cannot be undermined.
“When I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, I never questioned God. I know He had a message to deliver to me. I took it positively, the first thing I did was to accept it. Denial is a no-no for survival. The faith should always be there,” Dr. Sharon said. She was told by her doctor that the healing process should be mutually done.
“My doctors told me that it’s 50-50 percent. 50% on the faith of a patient and 50% is on the medical side,” she added. Dr. Dreisbach reiterated that no matter how advanced the technology today if a person doesn’t really want to get healed and full of discouragement and will, the doctor can’t do anything about his or her situation.
During the process, she said that as a single mother, her sons were his inspiration as she was battling breast cancer.
“I would like to believe that going on that certain situation, it made me stronger. That kind of experience teaches us to know our strength and be humble and to become more beautiful than anything,” she shared. At this point of her life, Dr. Sharon is actively participating and doing various research. She is also advocating breast cancer awareness in the UAE and helping those in need.