Written by on 6/23/2014 8:00:00 AM
This is the third post in a four-part blog series. Stacy Costa is a breast cancer survivor who was treated at Community Cancer Care Center. One year into survivorship, she credits Dr. Robert Goulet and her breast cancer team for her survival.
Stacy Costa has two day jobs; mom and youth ministry director at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville, Indiana. After she shared her diagnosis with her children, Costa had to share the news with the one-hundred teens that she leads through her church.
Costa wasn't surprised by their shock or questions, rather their positive attitudes and willingness to help.
”One of the girls called me and asked to talk to my husband (Chad)," said Costa. "Next thing I knew she was over my house taking my children out for ice cream so that I could have some alone time with Chad. I really appreciated that gesture."
Stacy said that she felt the need to be forever positive during her cancer journey, especially with youth group. She wanted to get healthy so that she could get back to leading youth retreats.
“When I told Dr. Goulet and my nurse navigator that I participated in large retreats for teens, they both looked at my like I led a crazy life," said Costa.
But it was the passion for those retreats and life that propelled Costa forward into remission. She said that in order to overcome her cancer she had to focus on the things that fueled her.
“Healing and recovering from cancer means it has to be about you,” she said. "For me it was my family, my children and my youth group."
Now a cancer survivor, Costa has resumed many of her crazy life activities like retreats. In November, for three days, Stacy was part of the core team leading over 25,000 area students at the National Catholic Youth Conference.
“We water and watch them (youth) grow,” said Costa.
Living life with cancer
At Community, we believe that you don't have to stop doing the things you love because of your cancer. Instead, our physicians and cancer care teams provide you with the tools to understand your symptoms, side effects and how to care for yourself. To learn more about our integrated approach to care, visit our cancer care website.