Staff Sergeant Desiree Sotelo served as a Combat Medic in the Army for six years. During an overseas tour she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In March her doctors removed her appendix, part of her bowel, and her uterus, leading to the loss of fertility. If that wasn’t bad enough, she was also given the news that she had developed another type of cancer.
"Statistically they say that if you look at ovarian cancer it’s older generations. It’s grandma’s cancer, but tell that to 25-year-old me. You know anything is possible and cancer does not discriminate."
Desiree’s career in the military was cut short as she lost the physical ability to do her job. The cancer not only changed her career plans, it changed the way she now views life.
"Things can change just like that. You have no idea what is to come, so as far as relationships, stuff like that… I try to be as close to everyone I can be that I love and build memories…good ones, because you never know what could happen in the future."
Her future is now filled with medical bills, so her family is hosting a benefit. Now that Desiree’s unable to work, they’re hoping the community comes together to help with her financial needs. Her sister even shaved her own head to help with emotional support.
"Things like that like mean the world to somebody. My Aunt also did. I have another Aunt in Florida who shaved her head as well. It just shows that people love you and care… and I’m very lucky."
The benefit for Desiree Sotelo will be at the Rome American Legion on Sunday, April 29th from 2 to 6pm.