2013 survivor profile: Dolores Persky
Dolores Persky’s battle with breast cancer began six years ago when she had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation to treat Stage 2B Ductile Carcinoma. The battle took on a new dimension last September, when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. “I was almost at my five-year anniversary cancer-free,” she recalls. “But a blood test showed that my cancer markers were elevated, and they found that the cancer had spread to both my lungs.”
Dolores was devastated. “I thought that this was it,” she says. “I didn’t know if I could fight to win this time, but with the help of my family and friends, I put my boxing gloves on and began the fight of a lifetime for the second time.”
Through several subsequent surgeries and chemotherapy, Dolores has had many ups and downs, but she’s never given up. “Losing is not an option,” she says. “I always fight for what I believe in, and I believed I had to fight for my children,” she says. “My children are my inspiration to get up every day and be there for them.”
She also finds strength in helping others who are battling cancer. “When I see someone crying at the cancer center, I go over to them, hold their hand and tell them things will
Dolores’s healing regimen includes a healthy diet - no sugar or red meat and lots of greens and lemon water. She’s also been receiving Reiki treatments , a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. “I never believed in it, but today I swear by it,” she says. Prayer also helped. “I believe prayer played a major role in giving me the strength to go on."