Melissa’s Story: A Breast Cancer Journey

Melissa Weber from Canistota, South Dakota, still remembers the day she received her breast cancer diagnosis. “I knew the minute I saw the call,” she said.

From her diagnosis through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, the road to recovery was long and difficult, but support from the team at the Edith Sanford Breast Center made the journey easier.

“The hardest part of the treatment for me was seeing the effect it had on my kids, my family, everyone else,” Weber said. “I’m a year out now, and I’m just so thankful to my team of doctors and nurses and everybody at Edith Sanford who helped me along the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”

Dominick Weber is a registered nurse at Sanford. He’s also Melissa’s son. He witnessed first-hand the support his family received from the Edith Sanford Breast Center throughout his mom’s cancer journey.

“Everyone sees their parents as these invincible people who are never going to get sick,” Dominick said. “But the staff and doctors here at Sanford do an incredible job of making sure the patient comes first.”

Melissa agreed. “When I think about Kami, my nurse navigator and everything she did for us, and knowing that’s made possible through philanthropy — it’s amazing.”

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