A Survivor’s Story

Susan and Johnny Sirpilla

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, if detected early, most cases of breast cancer are treatable. Today we want to share the story of one of the more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Susan Sirpilla is a friend of the Dapper Classics family. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

In 2011, while having her regular mammogram, something irregular showed up. Susan was not initially concerned given that she was healthy and there was no history of breast cancer in her family. Likewise, the medical professionals were not overly worried – recommending she move forward with regular check-ups to monitor the situation. However, after witnessing several friends battle cancer, Susan took her husband Johnny’s advice to not wait until matters worsened. She decided to be proactive, opting to have a double mastectomy just over a year after her original diagnosis. Susan’s surgery and reconstruction went smoothly, but her recovery proved challenging. But Susan persevered. And she no longer has to worry about the potential of the situation worsening.

Susan is a fighter and survivor. She continues to get regular check-ups to make sure she is cancer free and encourages other women to do the same – to take their health into their own hands, to not be complacent, and to find a trustworthy doctor who will perform the tests necessary to help them maintain a healthy life.

The pink ribbon is the international symbol for breast cancer awareness. As you may have seen, we recently released special Pink Ribbon socks to show our support for survivors, like Susan, and to help raise awareness about this important issue. We’re donating 10% of all Pink Ribbon sock sales to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.