“Someone told me, ‘You’re either 100 percent here, or you’re 100 percent gone.’ I don’t ask, and I don’t let them tell me. I just do what I need to do.”
When Robinson was first diagnosed, her daughter was 7 years old. Simply being a mother — pressing herself to “see [Macey] in high school, see her graduate, see her graduate from college” — has been crucial.
Macey is a sophomore at IUPUI now and a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, an organization known for its breast cancer awareness advocacy.
Robinson also feels like she’s had a stroke of luck [“I don’t really believe in luck though”] in her doctors, starting with Dr. George Sledge, who was at the Indiana University Medical Center when she was first diagnosed.
She is proud that her enrollment in clinical trials has helped create new treatment options for other cancer patients, and believes if she hadn’t been included in one trial about five years ago, that she likely “wouldn’t be here.”
And she tries to keep a balance between her medical care and the rest of her life.
“I let [Macey] know what’s going on with my treatments, but it has not consumed our lives. We deal with it, but it’s not who we are,” Robinson said. “I look at it like a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease. You’ve got to take your medicine and deal with it, but you’re never cured.”
If there’s anything she does preach from experience, it’s the oft-repeated wisdom that early detection is crucial.
“I know that’s what made a difference for me,” she said.