Today, Claudia Arévalo is living her longtime dreams of being an immigration lawyer and a mother. She calls her 4-month-old baby boy a “science child,” because his birth occurred ten years after his egg was fertilized and frozen, an investment that Arévalo made for her future while fearing that chemotherapy treatments would rob her of fertility.
Planning for the lives of her unborn children were just a few of the many complex decisions that Claudia had to make in the weeks following her breast cancer diagnosis. She was simultaneously fighting to beat the cancer, getting a divorce, protecting her fertility rights, and completing her legal studies.
Throughout this ordeal, her brother, Enrique Arévalo, provided love and support, including shaving his head in solidarity. Claudia chose to call Enrique at his home in Illinois to talk about the hardest time in her life, which is now one decade ago…
It’s the diagnosis that no one, ever, wants to receive. However, it’s one that an estimated 1.3 million people must face every day. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world today. It strikes women and men of every age and race.
For now, there is no cure…but the race to find one continues each and every day.
You can join the fight by participating in the Southern Arizona Race for the Cure® on March 6, 2016. Sign up online at www.KomenArizona.org or stop by Fry’s at Irvington and I-10 on January 23, 2016 from 10am-12pm.
Arizona Public Media’s Arizona Spotlight presents Voices for the Cure, an opportunity for some of the hundreds of thousands of people, whose lives and loved ones have been touched by breast cancer, to share their individual stories of survival, courage and hope. They are here to remind us that they are much more than mere statistics.