October 27, 2015

Sabrina L. Raya | Ovarian cancer survivor

“I was in pain for about three or four months and kept going to the emergency room in my hometown. They did an ultrasound that showed I had gallstones. I had outpatient surgery on Feb. 17, which is when they found the cancer.

Before I was diagnosed, I was going through a lot of things. My house burned down the day before my gallbladder surgery, and the day after the surgery I found out I had cancer. In the beginning it was rough, but God led me through it. He quickly helped me find another place to live, and then I started treatment.

My three nurses at the Cancer Institute were so important to me. I don’t think I would be this strong without them. They helped keep me strong.

I have a small family: my mom, my sister, my aunt and a couple friends. I realize that life is precious, and I don’t take things for granted anymore. You should just live in the moment and be thankful.”

Sabrina L. Raya
Ovarian cancer survivor
Pine Bluff, Ark.