Meet Yolanda- The Warrior
Yolanda is made of true grit. It was 2005 when she was working as a chef in a local hospital that life took a turn. She became very sick and through doctors appointments and hospital trips a physician discovered she had stomach cancer. She was given grim news that she would not live longer than three years. But this warrior defied those odds.
Signs of Stomach Cancer
- Discomfort or pain in the stomach area
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling full or bloated after a small meal
Facing the Battle
She just wasn’t going to let the news defeat her. There had to be a better option out there. With an unfortunate prognosis in hand, Yolanda decided to get a second opinion at Moffitt regarding her treatment options. Too late for chemo or radiation, her next option was surgery. During the surgery, doctors found more of cancer in her pancreas and liver as well. With her stomach, pancreas and liver removed recovering was going to be a tough battle.
Bringing in Support
Looking back, she says that her support system helped her survive. These heroes are Cathy, a lifelong friend and her wife Lisa. These ladies call themselves “the warriors.” Between Cathy and Lisa facing their own cancer battles and Lisa’s battle with lupus, they are a strong support to each other.
“I’m a survivor and my wife’s a survivor,” Yolanda says. “Cathy is a survivor. We have a lot of other friends that are survivors also. Too many to remember their names—but we’re making it.”
Did You Know?
- Stomach cancer mostly affects those who are 65 years of age or older
- Men are twice the risk of women for stomach cancer
- Stomach cancer is on the decline in the US in recent years due to early detection and improved treatment
- Risk factors include, but not limited to tobacco use, obesity, diet rich in nitrates, cured or smoked meats, family history and more
Detecting Stomach Cancer
Early detection and surveillance are key. Our team of specialists provides comprehensive treatment for stomach cancer. If you or someone you know has questions about stomach cancer, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.