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Yulady Saluti Yulady Saluti courageous survivor. unstoppable mom. playful joker.

Certified yoga instructor, Yulady Saluti, never stops moving, even in the midst of battling a serious colon rectal medical condition and Stage 2 breast cancer. She documents her journey on her blog. [www.yuladysaluti.com]

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The thought of having breast cancer didn’t even cross my mind because I’d already gone through so much.

When I was twenty-two years old, I saw a doctor about some random stomach aches. A CAT scan revealed a mass outside of my colon. This started me down a long road of infection, continuous pain, exploratory surgeries, and a colostomy bag.

Ten years and nineteen surgeries later, I sat in my surgeon’s office to have one last repair to a hernia. While I was there, I casually said, “Oh by the way I have these lumps in my breast. Can you look at them?”

After the diagnosis of breast cancer, I had to laugh because I just couldn’t believe it. I’d dealt with depression after my first few colon/rectal surgeries, and I couldn’t let myself go there again. It’s such a horrible feeling to sit on the bed in your room with all the windows closed thinking, why me? Why me? Why me? It’s a very dark place, and it’s easier to go there than it is to find a bright side.

I needed to do something different. I knew if I didn’t joke about the cancer, it would win. It would take me down, and I wasn’t going to let it. Then a thought came to mind: how can my cancer help somebody else? I knew something good could come out of this.

My husband and I started making videos that make jokes about my cancer. Some days it’s not easy. Especially the third day after chemo when I feel like crap, everything hurts, my hair’s fallen out, and all I want to do is cry. So I cry, but then I think, this is good material to talk about.

With a good support system, we can get through anything. My kids and my husband mean everything to me. They are the reason I get up in the morning. Plus I receive emails all the time with comments like, “I watched your videos, then I grabbed my best friend, and we went for mammograms.” That makes my day! Whether I reach ten people or a hundred people, I don’t care, as long as I’m reaching somebody and they’re checking their ta-ta’s!

I’m bold now. On a daily basis I make fun of my cancer. I stay upbeat. Recently, I was late for a wedding. When I got to the table somebody asked, “Why were you late?”

I replied, “I was doing my hair.” We all laughed.

– Yulady Saluti

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