AURORA - Phyllis Sanchez, a mammographer in New Mexico, learned on her birthday she has breast cancer.
She now drives seven hours from her home near Albuquerque to University of Colorado Hospital for a new treatment that helps with one side effect she’s been dreading.
“As a mammographer, I don’t want to go to the waiting area and look like a cancer patient. I don’t want to look sick. It scares them!” Sanchez said. “As a woman—your hair is so important. Everyone says, 'Oh it's OK. It won’t be that bad.' But it is, it really is.”
Sanchez sits in a wing of the hospital with about a dozen other cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Tubes pump drugs into her system to fight off the birthday surprise that she hopes to beat. Her long brown hair streams out of a large cap covering her head.