Alais Salvador was diagnosed with Stage 3B brain cancer in 2009 but was considered in remission after two successful surgeries. Her daughters were 9 and 4 at the time and she was relieved to know she would live to see them grow up.
In 2018, the Winter Garden resident received news that the tumor had returned — again, Stage 3B. It was treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. A year later, she was diagnosed with Stage 3B cancer of the colon. This June, doctors told her she had Stage 1 lung cancer, which was treated with surgery. All have been unrelated, she said, which is a blessing.
Once again, she has beaten the disease — choosing to remain positive and putting all her trust in God.
“I have believed in God, but I think (the diagnoses) drew me closer to Him, and so it’s kind of just given me peace, believing and realizing that He is God and He can do miracles — and I feel like that is what he has done for me,” Salvador said. “He has given me healing and a blessing in my life that I can share with other people.”