Share Your Story: Kelley Sgroi

Cancer U Thrivers Podcast

Share Your Story: Kelley Sgroi

April 26, 2022

Share Your Story: Kelley Sgroi

Kelley was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in September 2011, two days before her 41st birthday. She had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation Today, Kelly is 10 years cancer-free.

  • 01:22: I was working out one day, and I had this stabbing pain in the side of my left breast. 
  • 03:23: I’m telling my parents regardless.  
  • 04:55: How old were your kids?  
  • 07:26: I’ve always heard that cancer doesn’t hurt so why did this hurt? 
  • 09:10: There weren’t a lot of surgical options in there other than reconstruction.  
  • 10:57: October I had surgery. 
  • 13:28: I remember after my pregnancy; I couldn’t feel my feet because they were so swollen.  
  • 15:09: She was telling me she had never had anyone have this kind of emotional reaction to this medication before. 
  • 17:24: I never ended up in the hospital. 
  • 18:58: I was able to accept the radiation part.  
  • 21:08: I started researching master’s degree programs. 
  • 23:22: If it wasn’t for cancer, I would still be a dental hygienist. 
  • 24:32: What is that one thing you wish you’d known at the very beginning? 
  • 25:45: Now I have this new implant that they think is ruptured.  
  • 27:19: Nobody told me that I was going to have issues with my chest muscles for the rest of time.  
  • 28:07: If you could only do one thing to improve health care in the U.S., what would it be and why? 
  • 30:02: I had a full hysterectomy because I was having all kinds of issues after chemo. 
  • 31:11: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions. 
  • 34:14: Aside from Cancer U, what is one resource you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers? 


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