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Bob DeVito

  • year of diagnosis: 2012
  • survivor years: 4 years
  • current city: Waterbury, CT
  • type of breast cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

About Bob


What is your idea of happiness?
Happiness to me is being trouble free. Having not a care in the word. It's hard to achieve. Also, happiness is being with the ones you love. Happiness is being on a cruise ship with all of your needs met by the staff; traveling anywhere, but especially the Caribbean.
When and where were you happiest?
Getting married to my best friend and taking a cruise to the Caribbean.
What is your biggest fear?
I have many fears. The biggest fear is death. Then comes being alone as I age. And spiders, snakes, anything else that crawls; especially if it has lots of legs.
Who are your heroes in real life?
All of the people fighting cancer every day.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and trustworthiness.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To read music and play the piano or some other instrument.
What is your current state of mind?
Well, I've got a current diagnosis of early stage prostate cancer. It's a new primary cancer.
What is your most treasured possession?
Photos of my mom and dad and my cats, Skylar and Mischief, but they are family and therefore not possessions.
How do you most like spending your time?
A quiet time at my home, watching TV, reading, and playing with the cats. Also, spending time with my husband Tony.
What do you most dislike?
Avocados and lima beans. I also dislike being lied to.
In your own words, what would you say to inspire or encourage someone facing breast cancer right now?
You will get through this. Breast cancer is very survivable, especially if caught early. Develop a good rapport with you oncologist and medical time. Keep your appointments. Do what they tell you to do and just remember to keep breathing, take one step at a time and you'll come through the other side better and wiser. You'll be a survivor. Find a support group to attend. Your cancer center should have a social worker or nurse navigator to help you.
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