Sugar Land breast cancer survivor inspired to help others
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, a Sugar Land resident and recent breast cancer survivor has taken her role in raising awareness for the disease to a whole new level. Sasha Klenk is a young mother of two who has made it her goal to help women stay positive and feel beautiful while fighting breast cancer.
Even before her diagnosis, Sasha was already very familiar with breast cancer, as her mother and two aunts had already battled the disease. Roughly two years ago, Sasha performed her regular self-breast exam, and her hand immediately gravitated to a lump. Based on her family history, she knew it needed to be checked out as soon as possible.
She was formally diagnosed with breast cancer and referred to the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land, based on the hospital’s reputation and proximity to her home. Sasha says her medical oncologist, Dr. Janet Tu and her surgical oncologist, Dr. Susan Hoover were “her angels,” helping her to feel comfortable and make the best treatment decisions.
Since her recovery, Sasha has become a major advocate for breast cancer awareness and also helps other women stay upbeat during their own journeys. After becoming a member of the “Breast Friends” support group at the Regional Care Center, she volunteered to play the role of presenter at some group meetings. An esthetician by trade, she teaches women about how to take care of their skin as it changes color and texture during treatment, and is the perfect person to give her well-known “fighting facial” since she knows first hand where women are tender and sensitive.
Sasha looks forward to kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with her new MD Anderson friends at the Pink Lighting event in Sugar Land Town Square on Sept. 28 from 7-9pm. The event will feature live music, with MD Anderson physicians and staff on hand to pass out educational materials and other free giveaways.
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