From: Dmae Roberts
Three women, a Chicana, African American and Romanian immigrant, dealing with breast cancer describe their experiences in this collage story with original music. This piece was excerpted from the one-hour special The Breast Cancer Monologues.
Produced for the Breast Cancer Monlogues which aired independently on public radio stations. Aired on NPR's Day To Day program, Oct. 2004
CAROLINE: My name is Caroline Acuna-Guilartes. I have Mexican heritage, but I also acknowledge the indigenous blood, the Indian blood, the Aztec blood, within being Chicana. I was diagnosed in ’94. I had an aggressive cancer called Medullary cancer, and they said that it was very fast-growing and aggressive and they wanted me to do chemo and radiation because I was so young, but I opted for ancient medicine instead of Western medicine. So I’ve been doing and surviving on ancient medicine for ten years.
MONICA: My name is Monica Benson-Barros. I’m a 42-year old African American woman. I have one child who is 18 years old. July 2003 I found out I had breast cancer. At the time I was eight weeks pregnant and felt a mass under my breast. And my breasts are large, so it’s really hard to tell when I have my personal tests. But this mass was really large and it didn’t move – like,...
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Music by Maria de Los Angeles Esteves.