Mandato describes the way the disease changed her life, but didn’t change her, saying, “What I noticed was that people were really uncomfortable around me because they didn’t necessarily know what to say,” she said. “But I wanted to tell them no one’s changed, like I still like the same jokes, the same things.”
“The strength instilled in me as a child came into play and I found the power I never knew existed in me,” said Queenie Santos, a breast cancer survivor, to those gathered. “For the first time in my life I couldn’t run away from what I was scared of or terrified of. I had to stand up to face it head on, and to fight.”
“You kind of have to remind yourself that it’s only temporary.”
Justin Lloyd, MCAS ’18, died last week after a five-year battle with a rare form of cancer called adenocarcinoma.
BC faculty discuss the biological causes and psychological impacts of breast cancer and the stories of those who have fought it.