Priscilla Dance – 2016 Ambassador
City: Indianapolis, IN
Date of diagnosis: 2013
Diagnosis: Stage 0 Non Invasive Carcinoma, Stage 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Priscilla, a single mother of two teenagers, had two near-death experiences while undergoing a tumultuous case of breast cancer. Her journey began in February 2013, when she first noticed an oblong lump above one of her breasts. The first doctor did not detect it as cancerous and she was told to return in six months. She was uneasy about this decision so she turned to her friend who was a breast cancer survivor, who referred her to a different doctor. At first, the new doctor only detected one spot that was Stage 0 and Non Invasive, but then found another, diagnosing her with cancer in two different spots, two different types of cancer, at two different stages. Priscilla fought through several complications and the treatment took a bigger and bigger toll on her body.
Priscilla attributes her ability to recover from all of the mishaps to her support system, consisting of her two kids, two brothers, their wives, nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends. This experience really matured her two teenagers in so many ways. One fond memory she has is of her children and six of their friends staying at the hospital New Year’s Eve/Day so they could all be together. As a result of this journey, Priscilla strives to make a difference every day.
Priscilla’s takeaway message for others: “Live each day to the fullest as we never know what tomorrow will bring.”