Faces of Survival: Aurora Amaro

Aurora Amaro photographed in the Augusta Chronicle Studio Monday morning September 18, 2017. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF

Sept. 27 was a significant day for Aurora Amaro. It marked the end of her chemotherapy.

 

“They’re giving me a break of about three weeks, and then we’ll start doing radiation,” said Amaro, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. She’s had a lumpectomy.

 

Like many women, Amaro is a caregiver; taking care of others before she takes care of herself. In November, she put off her annual mammogram because she was taking care of her godmother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Amaro, who is originally from Puerto Rico, had moved to the Augusta area to care for her godmother.

One of seven children, two of Amaro’s sisters also had breast cancer. Her oldest sister died of the disease when she was 38. Despite that, Amaro said she didn’t test positive for any of the genetic markers for it. She’d found a lump, and it was painful, but she didn’t seek help until after her godmother’s death in March. It was only then that Amaro put her own health in focus. But she does encourage women to take care of themselves and not put off important screenings. She said she knows many who don’t take care of themselves out of fear or lack of resources. Amaro said she wants to inspire other women.

Losing her hair was difficult, but Amaro has decided to own it and be bold.

“I put on my makeup and my big hoops, and I’m a star,” she said.

And going through the illness has given her a new lease on life. She isn’t done with living and has plans for the future. One of them is to go back to school and get a job in the medical field.

“This has been a dream of mine before, but now I have renewed it,” she said.

Amaro is the mother of six and the grandmother of four, and she has a heart for children, especially babies and toddlers.

“I’d really like to work with children with cancer,” she said.

Adults can express where it hurts or what’s bothering them; babies can only cry. She’d like to be a voice as much as she can for the hurting ones. She finds people respond well to her.

“People tell me ‘you have such as way about you.’ It’s the Lord. He’s given me His light.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Look Good Feel Better: 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 9, 16, The Lydia Project, 1369 Interstate Parkway; volunteer beauty professionals help women coping with cancer with skin care and makeup, wig selection and care, more; register at (800) 227-2345

Ladies Night Out Bunco Night: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, Legends Club, 2701 Washington Road, Suite 22; roll the dice and learn about your health at this Doctors Hospital-hosted event benefitting The Lydia Project; vendors, heavy hors d’oeuvers; $20 registration at http://dochos.co/OhWhatANite or call Consult-A-Nurse at (706) 651-4343

6th annual Grovetown Pink Friday Benefit: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, Liberty Community Center, 1040 Newmantown Road, Grovetown; open mic night, food and craft vendors, inflatables; $5 (ages 5 and under are free) to benefit The Lydia Project; (706) 860-7691

“Cut for A Cure”: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Jamie’s Beauty Shop, 5114 Wrightsboro Road, Suite C, Grovetown; proceeds of all haircuts today benefit women and girls The Lydia Project serves.

 

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