Sydney Mullins is a fifth- and sixth-grade special education teacher at Hazard Middle School. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in Oct. 2014, and treated at the UK Markey Cancer Center.
“They were wonderful,” said Mullins. “The scariest part for me was in the two weeks leading up to my mastectomy. The doctors didn’t know what stage I was in until after my surgery. It was such a blessing to wake up from my surgery to hear that the cancer hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes. Breast cancer is definitely a life-changer. It has honestly changed my life for the better and given me a whole new outlook. I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff and that God is completely in control.”
Mullins feels the disease has paved a path to a grander plan for her.
“I do feel like God has given me a platform to help young women who are faced with this terrible disease. It’s so hard to juggle careers, raising children, and just everyday life when you have to deal with something like this. Through my diagnosis I just want to help and encourage others,” she said.
Mullins credits her greatest comforts to her family and her faith, and continues to live every day to its fullest.