Vicki Sandbeck is a nine-year survivor of breast cancer.

Survivor: Vicki Sandbeck

September 30, 2020

Story by breast cancer survivor Vicki Sandbeck

Nine years ago, my life changed forever.

I was 37 years old when I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer.

Hearing those words, “breast cancer,” my heart hit the floor. But I also felt a great sense of hope knowing the Edith Sanford Breast experts at Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center would care for me.

My caregivers didn’t waste any time, and within a couple weeks of being diagnosed, I started chemotherapy.

My chemo went really well until I started losing my hair, which was really hard for me. Suddenly, I didn’t just feel sick, I looked it too.

When I started my fourth and final round of chemo, I was so tired and covered in bruises from the IV sites. I had a terrible cough and a rash from the chemo. But I was so grateful knowing this round would be my last.

After chemo, I underwent a double mastectomy and full hysterectomy. My genetic tests showed I had a high risk of the cancer returning, and I didn’t want to take that chance.

It was a very big adjustment, but I am forever grateful just to be alive. Looking back, my cancer journey made me stronger.

I survived, but this disease still takes the lives of too many of our mothers, sisters, daughters, neighbors and friends. They deserve better.

Your impact

Join me in the fight against breast cancer this October. Please consider a gift to support all those battling breast cancer at Edith Sanford Breast Center at Roger Maris.

Past generosity has helped:

  • Care for 370 breast cancer patients in 2019 by supporting countless programs and services for every stage of the cancer journey.

  • Support an annual retreat for 160 breast cancer survivors. The gathering brought together women and men at all stages of survivorship, from the newly diagnosed and beyond, to share education and connection.

  • Fuel 15 breast cancer clinical trials and the treatments of tomorrow.

  • Provide funding for one breast cancer nurse navigator, who guides patients through every step of treatment, from diagnosis to survivorship.

To give or find other ways to get involved, visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/edith.