My Miracle Named Nia

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology September 28, 2012

Martha with her familyMartha Itulya-Omollo, a 38-year-old breast cancer survivor, has agreed to share her inspiring story. Below is Martha’s journey in her own words.

In April 2005, my mom told me that she had stage IV Breast Cancer that had metastasized to the brain. At that moment, I felt like my world was completely turned upside down.  Little did I know, that was just the beginning of what was going to be a marathon of turmoil in my life.  Just six months after my mom’s diagnosis, I was also diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer. I remember very vividly that it was a Friday afternoon, and I was at work, when the doctor’s nurse called me.  I picked up my phone and began walking out of the building, and as she said the words “ I am sorry but your fine needle aspiration came back positive for breast cancer,” I felt like I was suddenly moving in slow motion but everything else around me was moving at normal speed. I couldn’t breathe and I sank down on the ledge of a flower bed. 

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