Sybille Damas: Surviving and smiling
The history of Sybille has another peculiarity, she is not Latina like the other interviewees, all of them of Puerto Rican origin. She is also the daughter of immigrants, but her parents came from Haiti. They are currently retired in Florida, but they did not hesitate to come and be with her at a time of great need. Sybille has a successful upward career.
For about 5 years she worked at APM and in 2003 she became part of the of the Congreso Family. She is currently the head of the operations department and her work impacts many areas, especially she is committed to the area of human resources, trying to offer the best for employees both materially and humanly. With great candor and warmth Sybille over the years has given Congreso the best of herself, even in those difficult moments that undoubtedly put her to the test, as anyone who has to go through the difficult battle of surviving cancer.
She was still in her 30s when by chance touching her chest she detected something different in her body, something that reminded her of how she felt when she had touched the tumors of a dear friend who was going through that process a while ago and that in hers case resulted in her death.
Her friend Marija T did not survive, but it was a great inspiration for her, who faced the disease convinced that a radical mastectomy would not put an end to it. Sybille returned to work the day after chemo, her commitment to her work in Congreso, helped her to continue on the path of optimism, but in addition to the unconditional support offered by her colleagues, was also important how she faced that moment of her life. She also had two small children, the support she received from her parents, brother and sister-in-law, who moved to Pennsylvania in time to help her in whatever she required. Sybille is also very grateful to her husband, facing this painful journey.
She is currently free of cancer, and continues to pursue a healthy life, also setting an example to her daughters how to face the vicissitudes of life, which we cannot always be prevented, but she understands the need to be strong to prepare to face them.