Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Inspiring Story

Published: May 1, 2007 | 6135th good news item since 2003

Sandra Jackson and her other-half, Paul, are getting ready to open their own motorcycle repair shop in Las Vegas. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

Over the past decade, Sandra has lost both breasts to cancer. She recently went through reconstructive surgery. It was painful, but it made her feel whole again.

“Although I never thought, because no one in my family was diagnosed with breast cancer, when the diagnosis came in. Yes, it frightened me at first and I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I’m here today. I’m here today,” she said.

On May 5, after taking part in the Race For The Cure, Sandra will help Paul with the grand opening of Uptown Choppers. The repair shop is at the corner of E Street and Jackson in an historic section of downtown Las Vegas.

“And this is the old, old Vegas,” said Sandra. “The historic area we’re trying to rebuild, to let people know, come on uptown. We’re doing positive things here.”

Sandra’s excited over the opportunity to give Paul a helping hand as he’s done for her over the years of her cancer ordeal.

“And because of him standing by me, with everything I’ve gone through, I am doing my best to see that his dream comes true. This is my thank you to him for standing by me all of these years,” she said.

The road to recovery has been long. But what Sandra has learned about cancer and breast reconstruction, she now shares with others.

“I’m proud of the fact that I’m still here. I’m proud of the fact that I can still speak to women on breast cancer issues. And I’m just, just happy.”

Sandra will join the more than 15,000 runners and walkers expected to turn out for this year’s race for the cure. The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure is coming up on May 5, at Fremont Ttreet.

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