“I love my life now more than I can remember since probably 7 or 8,” Sidner told PEOPLE, her voice trembling with emotion. It’s a stark contrast to the initial shock of the diagnosis, which she received just after returning from covering the war in Israel.
Facing death head-on in a war zone strangely prepared her for the personal battle ahead. Witnessing the resilience of others amidst unimaginable hardship shifted her perspective. “It’s not the end of your world,” she declares, a message echoing through the article.
Instead of succumbing to fear, Sidner made a bold decision: “I’m going to live.” This isn’t just empty rhetoric; she’s working through chemo, anchoring shows, and even celebrating New Year’s on air. Sure, there’s fatigue and slower days, but she’s seizing every moment, “excited about whatever is coming, because I’m here.”
This newfound appreciation isn’t just for herself. Sidner wants to empower others. She’s opening up about her struggles, not for sympathy, but to raise awareness and urge women to get checked.
“Please for the love of God get your mammograms and do your self exams,” she pleads, her voice ringing with urgency. “I want you to thrive my sisters.”
This powerful plea, a direct quote from Sidner, adds a personal touch to her message, making it even more impactful and memorable.
Sidner’s story isn’t just about surviving cancer; it’s about living beyond it. It’s a testament to the human spirit’s ability to find strength in the face of adversity, to embrace life even when it throws curveballs, and to inspire others to do the same. Sidner isn’t just battling cancer; she’s redefining what it means to live life to the fullest.
So, the next time you hear about someone facing a tough challenge, remember Sara Sidner. Remember that even in the darkest moments, there’s always a flicker of hope, a chance to choose joy, and a reason to keep fighting. And who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself living your life a little more like she is now – with gratitude, courage, and a whole lot of love for your sisters.