Grettel Huber is 51 years old and was born in Costa Rica. She has lived in the United States for half her life and is now a proud citizen. She is a divorced, single mother of a 21 year old amazing daughter, a Dean’s List Student at UD!
Grettel was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October of 2010. That day was probably the saddest day of her life – for about 3 hours only! It didn’t last long because she decided that with the help of God, her life would be a positive and healthy one. She had a series of biopsies and the week before Christmas her chemotherapy began. It lasted 16 weeks. Christmas day of 2010 she began losing her hair. Of her hair Grettel says, “it was one of my best attributes and still is!”
When Grettel began losing her hair she decided to call a friend who is a hair dresser. She came her to home and cut it short (not bald) instead of waiting for it to fall out. Surprisingly, it didn’t fall out completely, but she wore wigs to work in the interim. Grettel actually had fun with the wigs, and why not… some women wear them for fun!
Another surprise was that Grettel didn’t get sick with her chemo sessions. Instead, she got insomnia. So, the days that she had her 5-hour chemo sessions (always on a Friday), she went out with friends and danced all night long. Grettel also went to the gym 5 times a week and did pretty hard cardio. Her belief was – the stronger I made the blood run through my veins, the faster the Cancer would be eliminated. This was Grettel’s theory only, but one of her Oncologist loved it, too.
In April of 2011, Grettel had her Lumpectomy, which came back clear! As Grettel says, “No Cancer, God is amazing!”. Lymph Nodes were also clear. About a week later her radiation sessions began. She was told that the skin around her breast would burn, but it didn’t happen. Grettel jokes, “I sure got a tan! I wanted to tan the other breast but the radiologist didn’t allow me…”
Grettel’s cancer was “a blessing in disguise”. It made her see how precious life is, that people really do care, and it made her appreciate her family and friends much more. She began telling everyone how much she loves them. She felt God with her even more. Grettel says, “He is always with us, at ALL times. I know God has more things for me to do in this beautiful world. Cancer touches us deeply in a way that no one else can understand.”
DBCC is pleased to recognize Grettel Huber for Hispanic Heritage Month and share her message of gratitude and survivorship with our community!
As Grettel says, “Life is wonderful, four years cancer free; living each day to the fullest – helping others and loving everyone.”