Cancer Survivor Continues to Give Other Latinas ALAS-WINGS

Getting diagnosed with cancer is something that shocks you to the core when you first hear the news. For some Latina women who don’t speak the language, the experience and anxiety to understand what is going on are even worse. Judy Guitelman was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44, at that time her daughters were very young and she had the added stress of going through a difficult divorce.

“When they tell you that you have cancer your world comes crashing down and the first thing you think about is that you’re going to die,” says Judy Guitelman. The doctors first noticed something was wrong when she had her yearly mammogram, and luckily the routine procedure was able to catch cancer at an early stage.

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Guitelman, who is originally from Argentina explains that she doesn’t have any family here other than her daughters and her ex-husband. “The first experiences were horrible because I didn’t know what to do first. I didn’t know if I should call my family, I didn’t know if I should call my doctor, I didn’t know where to go because I had never had a health problem before,” she says.

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