Victoria Capello knows firsthand how attitude can influence her health.
Routinely, you will find her listening to country music to lift her spirit.
Also, like most women, she regularly performs a self-breast exam. In January
of 2013, even without the presence of a lump, Victoria knew something
Victoria visited her gynecologist to discuss the swelling and redness of
her breast, describing the feeling similar to a chemical peel skin treatment.
A biopsy was promptly scheduled and it confirmed the presence of inflammatory
breast cancer (IBC). She was referred to Dr. Shu Hsu, Medical Oncologist
at Sequoia Regional Cancer Center.
Dr. Hsu explained how Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rare and aggressive
form of breast cancer; characterized by its inflammatory appearance with
diffused reddish swelling due to the involvement of the lymphatic channels
of the skin.
Soon after, Dr. Hsu scheduled Victoria for chemotherapy and a mastectomy,
to remove her left breast. Her surgery did not require removal of many
lymph nodes under her arm, which kept her from experiencing ongoing swelling
in her arm like so many mastectomy patients.
Her surgery was followed by radiation therapy to eliminate any cancer that
might have remained in or around the breast after surgery. While there
was no cancer in her breast, in July of 2015, Victoria learned that cancer
had spread to the lining of her lungs.
Victoria says her life could be lyrics to a sad country song, but what
kept her attitude positive was the caring support from doctors, medical
staff and family. Victoria continues to fight lung cancer, fueled by her
stay-positive attitude and doing what she enjoys most.
“There are plenty of days that I feel good, and I am going to make
the most of each day. My family has been there for me, and I want to be
there for them,” Victoria said.
Victoria looks forward to the day she can swim with her grandchildren,
enjoy outdoor family barbeques, and travel. Today, you can find Victoria
with lifted spirits enjoying country music in her home or at a concert
with her husband, family and friends.