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Thursday, Sep 14, 2023
If there’s one word to describe Batesville resident Nikki Sarringhaus, it’s resilient. In 2016, at the age of 36, this mother of four was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Following a double mastectomy, as well as medical and radiation therapy, Nikki and her family celebrated as she was deemed cancer-free.
Four years went by, and in 2020, Nikki noticed she was experiencing an unusual amount of discomfort in her back. Having worked long hours that week, she attributed the pain to her busy schedule, but as it persisted, she decided it was best to make a trip to Margaret Mary’s emergency services department for evaluation.
Following a CT scan and several tests, Nikki’s fears were confirmed. Her cancer had spread to her spine and she later discovered she had developed stage IV metastatic cancer. Though this type of cancer is considered incurable, ongoing chemotherapy helps to slow its growth, improve symptoms and help patients live longer.
“When I was told I had cancer a second time, I was hysterical,” said Nikki. “My husband and I sat together and cried. It didn’t take long, though, before I was ready to develop my next treatment plan. I try to stay as positive as possible. You’ve got to roll with the punches.”
It’s been several years since Nikki received her latest cancer diagnosis, but thanks to her regular chemo treatments at MMH, she’s thriving. She also appreciates the convenience of being able to receive specialized cancer care just seven minutes from her home.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride, but Margaret Mary’s Cancer Center has been a Godsend,” said Nikki. “I have a wonderful support system. I’m grateful for my husband, family and friends who have been there for me. This experience has taught me to live life to the fullest, count my blessings and not take anything for granted. I also stand firm in my faith that one day I’ll be healed.”