Breast Cancer 🎀 Awareness Month: Sarrah's Story
Here’s one of our fave customers: Sarrah Strimel, creator and founder of Damn Good Yoga @damngoodyoga.
Sarrah had just come into the shop mid-July (one of our first private appointments!). She was her usual, joyful self and I was excited to help her find some new bikinis and bras. It turns out that less than 2 months later, Sarrah was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. She’s gone through surgery and will next undergo chemotherapy.
Here's her story in her own words:
After I found my lump in my breast, I had to wait 5 days to be seen by my OBGYN of 15 years. After she ordered me an ultrasound and after saying it’s probably nothing, she informed me I would be getting a call to schedule the test through Mount Sinai, which was “in network” with my health insurance. When they called the next day, they told me they could see me in DECEMBER. That was August 28th, a Friday that shall forever be burned into my mind. I took that call as I was walking into a private client’s home for a session. She is my guardian angel. I mentioned what was happening and she made one phone call to a private practice and I was on an ultrasound table in New York City two hours later. When they diagnosed my cancer, the radiologist told me that my awareness of my body and the fact that my client made that personal call to get me seen.... SAVED MY LIFE. I have an aggressive, quickly multiplying cancer that could have become metastatic in a few months. Which is usually terminal....
Here’s the takeaway: I almost walked away from the private radiology practice I was sent to because they don’t take any insurance. If I would’ve waited to be seen in network, I could’ve written my own death sentence. What if I couldn’t afford to make that decision? Thankfully, I had worked my ass off all summer and I could rationalize the cost/worth ratio. How do you put a price on your life?
BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE THAT CAN’T AFFORD LIFE???? and I have insurance! What about those that aren’t covered? How long do they wait? This country needs to change. Your vote matters. It’s truly life or death for millions of Americans. We need people in power that are fully committed to reforming the health care system so people have access to affordable health care. NOT new Supreme Court justices that want to take away hard won women’s rights and a President who let millions perish by his silence
My privilege isn’t lost on me. I am so damn lucky. I have a bright and healthy future to look forward to after I beat and cure my cancer. My heart breaks for those that won’t get that chance
Did you know that 1 in 8 women will deal with a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime? Or that 90% of women that get breast cancer have NO FAMILY HISTORY?
Don’t forget to give your boobies a nice feel EVERY month! Take note of any changes in the breast tissue or in the appearance of your breasts. It’s not just a lump that can indicate further screening is needed! Early detection is KEY. Know your body. Listen to your body.
Please check out our previous post for tips on self exams and info about the importance of early detection. Make it part of your routine!