Sunda Obendorf has a remarkable story. She's beaten cancer three times and she's still going strong! Which definitely makes her an inspiring woman. She recently shared her story with Women's Forum to help promote cancer awareness and the upcoming Walk and Roll event in Chicago and well, because she's awesome.
All About This Inspiring Woman
A little about Sunda - she's from northern Indiana, works in management for Target, and she's into sports in general and golf in particular, loves live music of all kinds but especially country, and is fantastic at jigsaw puzzles.
Oh, and she's beaten colorectal cancer three times and still worked throughout it - and kept her good spirits and great attitude up! No biggie. "I couldn't stay home - that was counterproductive for me. Work was actually really good for me!"
How She Keeps A Positive Attitude
In fact, she's always been a hard worker and she was always really healthy. In 2012 she was dealing with some health issues that she initially thought might have been Crohn's or some other disease, but it turned out to be colon cancer. Initially she just had surgery, but the cancer returned and she had to go through chemo, more surgery, and specialized radiation treatments.
But she's still living her best life - and that's definitely something to emulate and be inspired by. Her advice to someone dealing with cancer? Be your own best advocate - it's your health and your body after all.
Her Advice To Anyone Dealing With Cancer
"People need to get away from what they knew and experienced growing up" (meaning that when someone got cancer, they got an operation but it was basically over). "Having Stage 4 cancer doesn't mean that you're not going to make it, it just means that you'll have a messier path!"
One of the things that helped her deal with everything is spending time with her two adorable dogs. And really, who couldn't love these guys?
Her Work Ethic Gets Her Through It
"If you work hard, good things happen to you. I've always believed that and with cancer, I just got up and did it!". She credits her work ethic and attitude to why she's feeling as good as she does right now. She's also admittedly super-competitive, and that energy and spirit has undoubtedly served her well in her fight too!
Who inspires Her?
Pat Summitt - the women's basketball coach at Tennessee had her own health battles (she had Alzheimer's disease) and was a wonderful role model who helped so many people not only as she openly battled Alzheimer's, but in her work for gender equality in general.
And Her Motto Is...
"Don't sweat the small stuff" Whether you're affected by cancer or not, we think that's that's a great motto to live by!
About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in men and women combined; however, with early detection and screening, it is one of the most preventable, treatable and beatable cancer types.
Screening for individuals at average risk is recommended for women and men ages 50 and up. A variety of options are available, from colonoscopy to simple take-home tests. Some may need to start screening earlier; talk with your health professional.
To learn more about colorectal cancer, visit www.cancer.org/colon, or to ask any question about cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center day or night, 365 days a year, at 1-800-227-2345.