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Sisters’ Journey Survivor of the Month – Ingrid Arokium-Stephen
Read her story (thanks www.sistersjourney.org)
l am a three-year breast cancer survivor!
June 2017 remains indelible in my memory, but I have gotten over the days of “why me” and have accepted my journey. My name is Ingrid Arokium-Stephen. I am 69 years old, married, but my husband lives in a nursing home. This is my story:
During a routine breast exam a suspicious mass was seen, so I was asked to go for an ultrasound – déjà vu. I was not concerned because I had heard that diagnosis several times before. I did the ultrasound, but then came the order to have a biopsy, which was new!!! Bi who? Bi what? At my own pace, I had the biopsy done and was told the results would be sent to my doctor.
My country of birth is British Guiana, South America, now known as Guyana. I migrated to the U.S. in 1994 and am now settled in New Haven, Connecticut. Growing up I always heard cancer has to be in your family. There is no history in my family so I was confident that all was well with me. One day after getting home from work, I received a message that my doctor wanted to see me. My antennae went up. Why does he want to see me? Why couldn’t the message be: “your results were negative.” I felt uneasy.
I still recall vividly my doctor looking me in the eye and words coming from his mouth, but all I heard was “yes” and a range of emotions took hold of me – fear, anger, foreboding. I wanted to die. I started to cry uncontrollably. My doctor tried to calm me but my tears flowed. He told me I could remain in the room until I felt better. The nurses checked on me from time to time. Finally I regained my composure enough to drive home. Then I locked up the house and the tears flowed again. I felt helpless. I blamed myself for what happened to me. I live alone so there was no available support system.
After a few weeks I found the courage to finally tell one of my brothers and felt better inside. I then told a neighbor who has since taken me under her wing and remained with me every step of the way. I was introduced to my social worker who has been patient with me all throughout the crying and sniveling. Preparation for surgery began and I decided to let a few other people know about my diagnosis, which made me feel better inside. I underwent chemo and radiation and now am on hormone treatment. My doctors and nurses at Smilow were all personable and made me feel welcomed whenever I had to be there. A heartfelt “Thank You” to them all for caring enough to help us.
I heard of Sisters’ Journey through my neighbor and have met other ladies with whom I could bond and share stories. I am thankful for that. Divine order, God is in charge. I have learned to accept my life as it is. I am at peace with myself now. I go forward believing that the Almighty has a purpose for my life. My motto is: live today to the fullest, worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.
Sisters’ Journey has support group meetings every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
St. Lukes Church,
111 Whalley Avenue,
New Haven, CT 06511
Open to all women who are survivors of cancer or have recently been diagnosed with cancer.
For more stories of hope visit www.sistersjourney.org
94.3 WYBC has joined up with The City of New Haven, The Youth & Recreation Department, SCSU and their community partners for the Friends of Rudolph “Day of Giving” Toy and Coat Giveaway.
Sunday December 6, 2020 from 1pm to 4pm at Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road in New Haven.
Children must be in the vehicle the day of the event to receive toys & coats.
***Pre-Registration is CLOSED***
New Haven Residents Only.
Any questions please call The City of New Haven’s Youth & Recreation Department 203-946-8027