WELLINGTON, FL (WFLX) - Shana Sasko may not look sick, but she is. An ultrasound helped to confirm it a couple of months ago. The Wellington woman, 20, has a rare - potentially deadly - form of thyroid cancer.
"I have my moments where I have to break down and take a second," she said. "It's weird. It's weird that it's happening to me."
Her mother believes Shana was diagnosed by chance. "My mom likes to say it's divine intervention, and I agree with that," said Shana. "I definitely believe in miracles."
Her mother, Adrienne, dealt with her own thyroid cancer years ago. She was in for a quick check-up at the office of Dr. Anna Frisch. For the first time, Shana decided to tag along.
"They called my name," said Adrienne. "I said I'd be right out. And she said she could come in and sit with me if I want."
The doctor looked right at Shana's neck and had a gut feeling that something just was not right.
"I know that mom has a thyroid cancer and I knew that Shana has hypothyroidism, just by looking at her," said Dr. Frisch."
In the middle of Adrienne's appointment, Frisch ordered Shana onto the examination table. "Nobody knew at that time that she is carrying such a deadly disease," said Dr. Frisch.
Tests and biopsies all pointed to a tumor growing aggressively inside Shana's neck. "I didn't expect to get up on the table and have a diagnosis of my own," said Shana.
Shana has always dedicated herself to others. Suddenly she needed help. Nine years ago, she was featured on our partern station, WPTV NewsChannel 5, on a news story to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
"Everything has really been perfect timing and I believe that is because of what I have put out into the world and it's sort of coming back," she said.
Sasko is a pre-med student with dreams of becoming a pediatrician.
On Friday - surgery day - Shana's family is holding a fundraiser at Duffy's Sports Grill at Okeechobee Boulevard and Jog Road from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A portion of proceeds go to help with mounting medical bills. There are other fundraisers in the works. Click here to find out more on how to help.