Fathers and daughters share an unbelievable bond, but with Vanessa Silva and her father Arnaldo Silva it was something they will never forget. The two were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. According to Essence it was something they never thought that would happen and when it did supported each other.
Arnaldo said, “As a man, it’s the last thing that you expect to hear you have when you go to the doctor, but I’m proof that it happens. This year alone, 3,000 men will be diagnosed and 400 will die, which I find unacceptable.” In 2007 he was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer after he found a lump under his right nipple. This also saved his daughters life because doctors found out that he carried the BRCA2 gene which his daughter tested positive for.
In May of 2007 a mammogram revealed that his daughter Vanessa also had breast cancer. She said, “Essentially, my dad saved my life because after I opted for a bilateral mastectomy, they found it was worse than they thought. It was very aggressive, and if not for my dad’s diagnosis, I might not be here today.” Her and her dad went through treatment together, lost their hair, but made it through. They are telling their story so that other men and families know about getting tested. She said, “We look at every single day now as a gift and so now, we want to give others the same hope.” God bless this father and daughter and we will keep them in our prayers.
In Memory Of Those We Lost To Breast Cancer [PHOTOS]
1. Syvilla Fort, dancer, choreographer and trailblazer died of breast cancer at age 58. (YouTube)1 of 18
2. Super model, business icon, author and the epitome of fabulous, Naomi Sims died of breast cancer at age 60. (AP)2 of 18
3. Jazz singer, songwriter and pianist Nina Simone died of breast cancer in 2003 at age 70. (AP)3 of 18
4. Hattie McDaniel, the first black actress to win an Oscar died of breast cancer in 1952 at age 57. (Tumblr)4 of 18
5. Patricia Roberts Harris, first African-American U.S. Cabinet Secretary, died of breast cancer at age 60. (AP)5 of 18
6. Lead singer of Whild Peach and songwriter Screechy Peach or ‘Peaches’ died of breast cancer in 2007 at age 47.6 of 18
7. Jazz pianist and singer Shirley Horn died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 71 years old.7 of 18
8. Attorney, author, public speaker and activist Elizabeth Edwards died of breast cancer in 2010 at age 61. (AP)8 of 18
9. Fannie Lou Hamer, politician and anti-segregation activist died of breast cancer at age 59.9 of 18
10. Singer/Songwriter Minnie Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28 and died three years later in 1979.10 of 18
11. Singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright died in 2004 of side effects from radiation treatments for breast cancer. She was 58.11 of 18
12. Singer Doris Coley of the Shirelles died of breast cancer in 2000 at age 58.12 of 18
13. Actress Roxie Roker died of breast cancer in 1995 at the age of 66. Lenny singing ‘Thinking of You’ in memory of his mom.13 of 18
14. Film actress and cast member of SNL Danitra Vance died of breast cancer in 1994 at age 40.14 of 18
15. Married to Beatles member Paul McCartney American musician, photographer and animal rights activist Linda McCartney died of breast cancer at the age of 57.15 of 18
16. Shirley Graham Du Bois an award winning author, playwright, composer, and activist for African Americans died of breast cancer on March 27, 1977 at the age of 80 in China. She was married to the civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois16 of 18
17. June Jordan was a Caribbean American poet and activist especially known for her contributions to the feminist theory. She died of breast cancer at the age of 65.17 of 18
18. Margaret Walker was an American poet and writer known for her award-winning poem “For My People” and book “Jubilee”. She died of breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 83.18 of 18
Father and Daughter Comfort Each Other While Both Went Through Breast Cancer was originally published on GetUpErica.com