When a person is given a breast cancer diagnosis, their mind undoubtedly turns to the statistics. However, a breast cancer survivor joined forces with an unlikely creature to prove that beating the odds is possible.
According to ABC Action News
, Winter the dolphin lost her tail and several vertebrae four years ago. Although experts didn't believe she would survive, the mammal is thriving today.
In addition, Erin Pianko discovered she had stage-four breast cancer when she was 31 years old. Although her prognosis wasn't good, the determined woman is living comfortably two years after her initial diagnosis.
The two met for the first time through Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Wade with Winter Program, where members of the public can interact with the inspirational animal. The meeting reaffirmed Pianko's determination to survive.
"Everyone's cancer is different. So you know you just have to go for the fight and do what you can and just hope for the best," she told the news outlet.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lives.