Sally Ann Nisberg BA, MS
Cancer is a monster. Aside from the cancer itself, a survivors greatest enemy is fear. Fear paralyzes us. It affects our thinking, our decisions, our actions, our wellbeing. My family and friends, who know and supported me through daunting tests and scans, a Triple Negative diagnosis (a highly irregular and fast growing malignant tumor), multiple surgeries, bilateral mastectomy, as well as, 6 months of chemotherapy, will tell you I appeared like a rock; Strong and determined to get through, to beat this disease and to come out stronger. I confess, internally I was a mess. I had just enough strength to “get through” and do everything it would take mentally and physically to survive.
When diagnosed, we are drafted into a space that at times is beyond our control. Yet, we need to give ourselves permission to feel safe with the information we gather, the professionals we rely on, the support we receive and the choices we need to make.
I have been a Family & Child Advocate in Palm Beach County, providing counseling and crisis intervention for over 20 years, with a comprehensive background in social services, including development, management, and organizational support.
As Founder ~ President of LiveLikeCrazy Public Charity (2010), I assist with the following:
● Consult with Oncologist, Specialist and Surgeons on best practices in assisting the breast cancer community.
● Guiding Survivor, Caregiver and Families in navigating diagnosis, pathology and treatment of breast cancer.
● Developing our organization in responding to ongoing community needs.
● Maintaining presence in earning the trust of survivors and providing a safe environment, in order to organize themselves throughout survival.
● Leading and managing organizational fundraising efforts
Our commitment, experience, skill and compassion is exactly what others need and deserve, and I encourage every survivor to “allow yourselves to trust others, feel safe enough to understand your pathology, explore your options, make decisions, and honor who you are.”