M. Soledad Caballero is a teacher, writer, immigrant and mother. Her experience with breast cancer taught her that feelings will come and go, so it's okay to just feel them.
What was your cancer diagnosis and how was it discovered?
I had stage 2 breast cancer. I found it myself after discovering a lump in my right breast.
What is the biggest piece of advice you have for newly diagnosed patients?
There is nothing you're supposed to do or not do. The feelings are going to be what they are, and it's okay to just feel them.
What is the most important thing you learned from your cancer experience?
Our medical system is broken, even for people who have insurance. Learning to be an advocate for yourself as you go through the treatment, and especially after treatment, is so important and is very draining. Post cancer complications are not unusual and that's something else no one prepares you for.
What was the most difficult aspect of organizing your care/community?
Feel like you can ask people for help and being so far from family.
What are three words you would use to describe your cancer experience?
intense, long-term, vivid
Are there products, services, experiences or physicians that you couldn't be without?
Flexitouch, sleeves, oncology massage, my oncologist and my oncologist physical therapist.