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Danni R Faithful Fight Against Uterine Cancer – Danni's Story

“I would not be here if not for the support of my medical team, my friends and my faith. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you hear you have cancer. It is your attitude that can kill you and that can save you. We let others know they are not alone.”

Her Faithful Fight Against Uterine Cancer

“I did not know I was sick until I started to bleed.” Those were the cautionary words from 58-year-old Danni Rocha who was post-menopausal yet believed she may have begun menstruating again. Having gotten a clean report from a recent pap smear, Rocha was caught completely off-guard when she was subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer.

As a Christian woman and one who relies on her faith, Danni truly believes that everything happens for a reason. Danni’s gynecologist was leaving for vacation so he referred her to Newark Beth Israel where her doctors ultimately made the shocking diagnosis. The doctors at Newark Beth Israel then performed a robotic hysterectomy on Danni followed by 16 rounds of radiation. Danni’s prognosis is favorable for a full recovery.

While it was her faith that gave her great support, Danni credits the Newark Beth Israel staff for helping her through some of the darker moments. Her medical team’s explanation of the cancer diagnosis, the use of advanced technology to perform a less invasive hysterectomy, and coordination of her post-surgery care helped put Danni’s mind at ease. She now participates in the hospital’s support group for cancer survivors so that she can help others and serve as a resource on recognizing signs that may indicate uterine cancer.

“I would not be here if not for the support of my medical team, my friends and my faith,” added Danni. “It’s a hard pill to swallow when you hear you have cancer. It is your attitude that can kill you and that can save you. We let others know they are not alone.”